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Podcast: matt andrews on the limits of institutional reform

October 2016|admin|

Matt Andrews, governance expert and Associate Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, sat down with ODI's Ryan Flynn to talk about his new book - The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development. Matt critiques the international community's approach to institutional reform in developing countries, arguing that it is often short-termist and ill-suited to local contexts. He [...]

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Podcast: tim williamson on budget transparency in uganda

October 2016|admin|

The donor community has made a bit of a mistake in the way it has approached budget transparency. It’s often solely through supporting civil society and not actually working with ministries of finance…the whole Uganda exercise is built on the idea of a partnership between government and civil society.” The Ugandan Ministry of Finance recently [...]

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Reforming public finances in nepal

October 2016|admin|

Complicated and fast-changing politics. Political parties distributed across the left–right spectrum; ethnic and regional interests; fault lines old and new, all changing regularly. The development challenges are great, but there are also some important successes towards the MDGs in some areas, notably maternal health. Read more (on ODI website)

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FEEDBACK ON DEVELOPMENT II

October 2016|admin|

A few months ago we wrote a blog post on feedback in development. Dennis Whittle at the Center for Global Development has written a similar article How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance). We agree strongly with this approach and join his call for ‘a faster and more steady stream of information from [...]

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What if government reformers had the space to challenge advice?

October 2016|admin|

This year’s CAPE conference at ODI looked at ‘Budgeting in the real world’, the reality of which was vividly portrayed by former Finance Ministers Dr. Antoinette Sayeh of Liberia and Mme. Luisa Diogo of Mozambique. Both insisted that reform should be internally driven, externally supported. But some participants worried that what appeared during the conference to be an emerging [...]

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Christmas smorgasbord: collective action failures, aardvark attacks and why pdia may be good old practice but a poor new fit.

October 2016|admin|

 If, like me, your mind is now turning more to Christmas parties, you may want to just jump to the end of this piece and watch the 30 second video clip. This will give you a profound new insight into the importance of overcoming collective action failures.  And you may also want to forward it [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 1)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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The service delivery agenda: beware, there be doughnuts!

October 2016|admin|

Service delivery is the name of the game in development today. We’ve read a lot about the great changes brought by, say, the rise of governance as a development issue, the shift from ’getting the policies right in order to facilitate growth’ to eliminating poverty, the World Bank’s dream since 1990. Thinking about how to [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 2)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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Giving institutional reforms a chance to succeed

October 2016|admin|

In 1828 a New York senator quipped ‘to the victor belong the spoils’ in reference to the election of President Andrew Jackson. At the inauguration of the President, his Vermont supporters expected their share of the spoils, which resulted in an unprecedented number of public officials being removed from post to make way for Jackson’s [...]

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