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May 24, 2012 | The Changing Rules of Multilateral Development Assistance

Balazs Ujvari: The established foreign aid paradigm is being challenged by the power shift occurring across the global economy. Emerging economies are beginning to change the rules of the game. This paper examines the differences in approaches between China and DAC countries in providing aid to Africa. …More

July 21, 2011 | Amid Famine, Somalia Requires Immediate Help

More than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are “in urgent need of food, water and emergency health care” as the UN declared a famine in southern Somalia. ++ Previous warnings by the UN about a drought and …More

June 29, 2011 | Right to Development and Rights-Based Approach to Development

Anush Hayrapetyan: This Master thesis explores the interrelationship between the right to development and rights-based approaches as mutually reinforcing concepts to the implementation of international development. …More

August 23, 2010 | Chancellor Merkel's Representative Weighs in

Editorial Team: The Chancellor’s advisor on Africa Guenter Nooke has responded to the policy recommendations generated by Atlantic Community members for Atlantic Memo 24: Better Aid. In particular, Nooke is enthusiastic about the idea of an online index of aid effectiveness. …More

July 13, 2010 | Africa Needs an Online Index of Aid Effectiveness

Memo 24: Greater transparency is crucial to improve foreign aid to Sub-Saharan Africa. An index of aid effectiveness should be put online, featuring details on aid expenditures and the outcomes of programs. Those programs that fail to produce results should get phased out. …More

June 24, 2010 | The African Governance Crisis

Nikolina-Romana Milunovic: The reason for sub-Saharan Africa’s poor economic performance is the weak system of public administration. Through generalized and unfitting reform movements, the international community has strengthened the status quo of underdevelopment in African LDCs. …More

June 4, 2010 | Advocacy and Transparency as Levers for Aid Effectiveness

Claudia Schwegmann: It is not the lack of knowledge that hampers development aid, but the structure of incentives within the aid system. Aid transparency and civil society engagement are key levers for addressing these problems and improving aid effectiveness. …More

May 10, 2010 | Join the Debate!

Editorial Team: As we prepare our upcoming Atlantic Memo, we would like to encourage all readers to make suggestions on improving aid effectiveness to Sub-Saharan Africa. Please respond to the highlighted questions in the draft memo. We highly appreciate your concrete policy recommendations, which will be distributed to policy makers. …More

April 8, 2010 | How to Clog the Brain Drain

G. Pascal Zachary: To stimulate growth and development in Africa, governments and international organizations to reverse the negative consequences of the “brain drain.” Aid donors should tap into the underutilized knowledge of Africans living outside of Africa when trying to craft aid plans. …More

April 8, 2010 | The Political Obstacles to Poverty Alleviation

Teddy Brett: Poor governance poses a huge obstacle for aid donors. Donor attempts to avoid getting involved in the political processes of recipient nations has prevented many aid programs from reaching their intended goals. …More

April 7, 2010 | Need for a New Paris Declaration

Cecilie Wathne: Any follow up to the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action must address the obstacles that prevent aid from being more effective. A new declaration should set tangible and measurable goals. Donors need to think outside of the box for new ways to improve aid. …More

April 6, 2010 | Local Solutions to Africa's Aid Problems

Gregory Adams: As Obama has noted, Africa’s future is up to Africans. Many issues with foreign aid step from programs working independently of citizens. US Policy needs to support the African people. Donors should be working more directly with African governments and civil society. …More

April 2, 2010 | Promoting Development Through an Exit Strategy

Malcolm McPherson: Western funds have made African countries aid addicted. For African governments to take their development and future into their own hands, a ten-year aid exit strategy needs to be put in place. …More

April 1, 2010 | Spotlight on Transparency

Owen Barder: The concept of natural selection should be applied to aid programs so that only the most effective ones continue to be used. An increase in transparency and information about aid programs will benefit both donors and recipients. The International Aid Transparency Initiative is an important step by donor governments. …More

March 31, 2010 | Six Ways to Improve Aid Effectiveness

Lawrence Haddad: Fundamental issues need to be dealt with for aid to Africa to be improved. Donors need to address recipient accountability and allow for greater transparency. Western bodies should also better coordinate their efforts and talk more realistically about the successes and challenges of aid. …More

March 31, 2010 | A New Course for Western Aid to Africa

Editorial Team: While Western governments and organizations have devoted billions of dollars toward Sub-Saharan Africa since de-colonization, chronic poverty and underdevelopment still plague the continent. How can Western aid be improved to give Africans the best chance to live up to their fullest potential? …More


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