Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't Eliminate Aid; Make it More Effective.

Geoffrey York uses the example of a recent Canadian-funded water project in Malawi to discuss the issue of effective aid. Since there is a lot of controversy going on currently with Dambisa Moyo's book, he argues that aid will never truly be stopped, so our task should be to focus on how to make it more effective rather than trying to eliminate it altogether as Moyo argues. The project in Malawi has been successful in providing clean water for people, but for its $13 million price tag, York says that it should have seen better results. A lot of the newly installed water taps worked well for the first year, but in the second year less than half of them functioned properly. In order for this situation to have been avoided, there should have been better training of the villagers and more communication between the decision makers and the workers in the field who were to respond to any issues with the water taps. Read the full article here.