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Strategies for Ensuring That the Aid Sent to Third World Countries Actually Makes a Difference

November 6, 2013

Often, we come across complaints that the aid sent by developed countries to third world countries doesn’t make a difference. Some of these turn out to be fair complaints. But rather than focusing on the problem, we need to focus on the solution: by identifying the strategies that can be used for ensuring that the aid sent to third world countries actually makes a difference.

Now one strategy for ensuring that the aid sent to third world countries actually makes a difference is that of appointing monitoring and evaluation officers: to monitor the usage of the aid on the ground.

Another strategy for ensuring that the aid sent to third world countries actually makes a difference is that of seeing to it that the aid is only earmarked for projects that have genuine impact on the ground.

Yet another strategy for ensuring that the aid sent to third world countries actually makes a difference is that of seeing to it that the aid is channeled through non governmental organizations, as opposed to government agencies. If you opt to use this strategy, you need to ensure that the NGOs partnered with don’t use most of the money for their own operations either. Left to their own devices, the folks in the NGOs may, for instance, start outsourcing everything – including payroll preparation, which can be outsourced to a company like ADP as described in this post.

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