Improving US foreign aid means listening to those who know best: the people who are leading change in their countries and the professionals who deliver aid. These publications feature their knowledge and perspectives on how aid can and should work; how methods of aid delivery affect its outcomes; and how aid can motivate governments and communities to invest in their own development.
Oxfam America's Articles, Reports, Briefings, Research and AidNow briefs reflect hot topics in the aid effectiveness debate. They offer snapshots from the field, fresh perspectives on old subjects, and new and surprising data that helps inform how we think about foreign aid.
Effective Foreign Aid at Work: People using US aid effectively to bring about change in their countries and communities:
Oxfam America's Ownership in Practice series (2010) reflects perspectives from the field on the kinds of reforms that would improve the usefulness of US foreign aid on the ground, as well as insights from policymakers in Washington as to possible policy options that would put this vision into practice.
Ownership 2-page executive summaries:
Ownership in practice in-depth reports:
Oxfam America's Smart Development in Practice reports (2008) bring voices from several countries to the Washington aid debate. The reports provide various perspectives—from the country offices of US agencies delivering aid, US contractors, host governments, civil society organizations, beneficiaries, and other donors—on the challenges confronting US foreign aid and the reforms that could improve it.
By responding to these voices, we can embrace a new vision for US foreign aid—one that listens to and works with the countries we are trying to support, and in the process, strengthens US standing abroad as a genuine partner in development.
Country field reports: