Category: Foreign Aid

PPP: Not as Advertised

So, a few years back ‘we’ thought we had found the holy grail of development aid: Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). This structure was being sold as a win-win-win for everybody. The corporates, governments and,...

What has 3 Years of AFT Fund Brought us?

Today the AFT Fund celebrates its 3rd anniversary. The Fund was launched on the 8th of May 2013 and is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). They received funding...

Challenge Funds Explained

Always wondered about Challenge Funds (CFs)? Are you interested in what CFs are out there and what such funds are looking for/trying to achieve? Check out this insightful guide from the Swedish International Development...

Poor to Gain from Bureaucracy

It may sound ludicrous and many of us hate it, yet, increased bureaucracy may be just what ‘the poor’ in developing parts of the world need. Presently, four billion (!) people live without an...

Vocational Bridges to Nowhere

”Dear governments and aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs”. An interesting appeal from Chris Blattman, who, citing the paper ”Generating employment in poor and fragile states: Evidence from labor market and entrepreneurship...

EIB Commits 720M EUR to Ghana

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has published it’s 11th National Indicative Program (NIP) for Ghana for the period 2014-2020. The EIB operates The European Development Fund (EDF), which is financed by direct contributions from EU...

The Hidden Reason for Poverty

Gary Haugen is an avid Human Rights Attorney and the author of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. In his Ted Talk below, he gives an interesting insight...

World Bank Fails to Protect The Poor?

Taking a stab at large organisations is not always fair and it is important to underline the successes the World Bank and it private lending arm IFC have achieved. Yet the banks intention to...