The politics of partnership: How donors manage risk while letting recipients lead their own development

This paper provides recommendations for the US government as it continues grappling with ways of improving foreign aid, taking lessons from successful donor partnerships with recipient countries.

The underlying field research comes from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Malawi, and Tanzania. Our research findings suggest that aid works best through genuine partnerships, partnerships that truly support the visions and efforts of people and their governments.

 

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