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Submitted by Jishnu on

Thanks, Marcos. Here is something we have all struggled with, and it would be good to get your thoughts. Who represents the people that donors try to help? One way to go is to skip the representation conundrum and directly transfer private goods, like cash, to people. But you also want to fund public goods, because, well identified and well funded, these must have greater impacts on welfare than private goods. In this case, you have to address the problem of representation. Is it the government that represents the people? In which case, should we just give the money to the governments and neither monitor, nor evaluate the impact of our funding? What happens if the major problem is government rather than market failure? Thoughts?