Aid effectiveness in Afghanistan

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New World Bank report, Afghanistan: Managing Public Finance for Development. The authors claim that unless aid is delivered more effectively, the Afghan government will suffer and its authority will be undermined. More or join an online discussion.

Despite this, the BBC reports that Afghans are amongst the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to their economic future. See the World Opinion poll and summary.

Update: Yesterday I actually attended an excellent LICUS & PREM sponsored event on ‘State Building: Policy & Practice in Fragile States.’ In the morning session Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s former finance minister, echoed this same concern that current aid systems might undermine state effectiveness in fragile countries. See 1 & 2 related papers.

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