Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid

Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid

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Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid by Nancy Birdsall, William D. Savedoff, Ayah Mahgoub, Katherine Vyborny

Cash on Delivery (COD) Aid proposes a new approach to foreign assistance—one that links aid payments more directly to desired outcomes to promote accountability, responsibility, learning, and strengthening of local institutions.

Using an example from education, this book outlines how COD Aid could work in practice. It offers guidance on the identification of measurable outcomes and mechanisms for verification and the management of a variety of risks. The authors provide practical advice, documents, term sheets, and other supporting material that donors and potential recipient governments can use as a basis for designing and implementing COD Aid in particular settings.

It also shows how COD Aid could be applied to other sectors and includes guidance for assessing whether COD Aid is achieving its goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933286600
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 04/07/2011
Edition description: revised edition
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Before launching the center, she served as senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. William D. Savedoff is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and senior partner at Social Insight. He also serves on the editorial board of Health Policy & Planning. Katherine Vyborny managed the Cash on Delivery Aid initiative at the Center for Global Development. She is currently a Rhodes Scholar in economics at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

New preface v

Original preface and acknowledgments ix

Part I A proposal for Cash on Delivery Aid 1

Chapter 1 Buying things versus buying development 3

Chapter 2 A solution: Cash on Delivery Aid 17

Part II Applications of Cash on Delivery Aid

Chapter 3 Applying COD Aid to primary education: a contract between partners 45

Chapter 4 Applying COD Aid to primary education: funding and implementation 67

Chapter 5 Learning what works: the research challenge 75

Chapter 6 Federal systems: a COD Aid proposal for Mexico's upper secondary schools 87

Chapter 7 Beyond primary education: COD Aid for other development goals 97

References 105

Appendix: Term sheets for COD Aid contracts 111

Index 119

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