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I’m out of practice blogging these days, but couldn’t help but notice the Financial Times line from a short while back on efforts to expand the remit of the aid industry:
While development is a grand and multi-faceted affair, aid cannot afford to be. Modesty, focus and a willingness to make mistakes in public are assets. Simple projects have worked wonders: benchmarking exercises of red tape that have shamed politicians into action, or randomised controlled trials to show what really improves attendance and results in schools.
Anyone who follows the development debate should check out Alan Beattie’s masterly review essay – unusually for the FT, no subscription seems to be required. He begins with a cornucopia of possibilities:
On Tuesday the World Bank quietly announced a bold program to combat corruption on its own projects.
The actual distribution of world income across countries is extremely unequal, much higher than the within country inequality faced by most countries. The question studied in this paper is: How do international policies on aid, trade, and factor movements affect the international distribution of income?… In brief, there is a contradiction in international policies where aid's equality-enhancing effect is somewhat offset by protectionism.
Comments are being accepted on the World Bank Group's governance and anticorruption strategy.
St Helena was always as aid-dependent as it is today. Between the early 1900s and the mid-1960s the island's major industry was growing flax, or hemp, which was used to make ropes. Although there were ups and downs in the industry as world prices changed, it was the island's largest employer, apart from the government. In 1966 the whole industry suddenly closed down.
A new EBRD working paper by Libor Krkoska and Katrin Robeck on ‘The impact of crime on the enterprise sector: Transition versus non-transition countries’:
Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International and now a member of Tony Blair's Africa Progress Panel, will be guest blogging next week on the Herald Tribune's blog: Managing Globalization. This week you can ask him your questions about corruption, development and the future of Africa.
Update: Here is the first round of Q&A.