Capacity Building (again)

…the aid industry turns fundamentally political processes of social and institutional change into projects – which are in turn cloaked in value-neutral technocracy. The problems become ones of limited equipment or resources, insufficient knowledge, weak coordination, poor monitoring, and so on, rather than about power, incentives and interests. Read More

The budget is the skeleton of the state

  ‘The budget is the skeleton of the state stripped of all misleading ideologies’ – great quote, from the International Budget Partnership, via Oxfam’s Duncan Green. Or, in words I am more familiar with, ‘follow the money.’ via The future of budget transparency | From Poverty to Power