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Submitted by D Phillips on

Further to my rant - some people will object to the argument about taking account of systemic issues by asserting that these issues are a given - and meanwhile we have to address the 'technical' questions. Quite apart from the highly optimistic view that we can definitively solve the technical issues, especially across countries and regions, there is a simple response to objection. Why not treat project success as a given (there are good projects and bad projects and given the characteristics of the aid industry there always will be) and home in on the systemic, institutional issues ("ownership", "accountability") that doom many projects before they have even got off the ground.