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Published: 10 May 2018

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780190672454

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Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn't Work

Dan Honig

  • Argues that tight controls and narrow focus on reaching pre-set targets can prevent frontline workers from using their skills and creativity to solve problems on the ground, undermining the performance of foreign aid projects
  • Honig draws on a novel database of over 14,000 discrete development projects across nine agencies and eight qualitative studies in making his argument
  • Pressure to demonstrate results can undermine performance, particularly when environments are unpredictable and task performance hard to reliably and accurately measure

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