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Submitted by Wolfgang on
Dear Yemane, On Kenya, I hope indicated some of the avenues for delivering "aid differently". Let me highlight two of them: First, big players should do big projects and they should not just focus on earmarked projects but also support the overall reform process through policy-based lending. Second, foster innovation (as DFID did when M-PESA started), share and provide knowledge (including lessons from emerging economies, and use modern information tools for monitoring, evaluating and scaling up projects. Eritrea is an interesting case I spent some time on the country at the end of the 1990s. At that time, many were impressed by the government’s development efforts but this perception changed dramatically over the last decade. From my perspective, countries should neither isolate themselves from international developments nor become aid dependent. Fortunately, there are many countries in the world today where aid has been effective and reinforced government ownership. Please have a look at this Op Ed by our Managing Director in preparation of the Busan summit: Wolfgang Wolfgang