Category Archives: Impact of Development

What qualifies a consulting firm to carry out development projects?

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This may sound rhetorical, but it is sincere. I was recently thinking about the elaborate schemes the EU (and other donors) have for selecting who carries out their projects.

The „Bonn Call to Action (“Bonner Aufruf”)

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In the beginning of September a group of experts, politicians, journalists, former Ambassadors and others with long experience in the “development scene” published the “Bonner Aufruf” or Bonn Call to Action for a new and different development policy. This document has kicked up a major storm in German development circles. The German Development Ministry immediately >>>

Too much money is chasing too few really good development projects – Part 4: Still too much tied aid

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 People generally agree that many projects are not as good as they could be. One reason for this which has not been mentioned in previous blog entries lies in the indirect or direct contribution that some “development” activities make to the economies of the donor countries.

Too much money is chasing too few really good development projects – Part 3: Unclear “larger” goals and benefits

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 This blog looks at how sometimes the domestic or political justifications for development cooperation compromise important development goals, thereby having a damaging effect, both on the image of development cooperation and on achieving those very goals.

Too much money is chasing too few really good development projects – Part 2: Conception and implementation challenges

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 One issue in the quality of projects is surely the real effect or impact we wish to obtain in the beneficiary countries. This has to do with concrete improvements in the living conditions of the populations in the areas addressed by development cooperation. We are all familiar with horror stories of some of the worst >>>

Too much money is chasing too few really good development projects – Part 1: Funding periods and priorities

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 I can already hear the howls of frustration from committed development workers at this title. And in some way, you’re right: it is sometimes terribly difficult to obtain enough funds for some important development cooperation projects. And other ideas go unfinanced merely for lack of funds.

We need to measure the “Return on Investment” for Development Cooperation

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In every other business, an investment is expected to make economic sense.  According to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in 2006 some 104 billion US dollars were spent by the main donor countries on development cooperation. This is a massive investment, and any project or activity >>>

Development cooperation – the risk of marketplace distortion

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Why do many critics of development cooperation see marketplace distortion as one of the most critical issues? And what can be done about it?