This post is based on the article written by M. Leroy:
Traditional development aid is very old and many say that it is at his end. We have to rethink the concept says M. Leroy. The relevance of aid is decreasing, there is also a problem about the impact of aid and there are some huge changes in circumstances like the environment and the upcoming industrial countries (ex. China). Most investments deliver very poor or none results! But the obsession of increasing budgets keeps on going, and one keep on focusing on the ‘0.7% of the Brut national product’ policy. Furthermore have many people good jobs thanks to the ‘aid industry’, and they keep on going behind the smoke screen of development aid without checking if their actions deliver results!
Some principles that M. Leroy introduced:
- Money changing hands to ideas changing minds
- donor logic to actor logic
- emergency aid has its own norms and logic
- from focusing on incomes to focusing on outcomes
- effectiveness: the extent in which a goal is reached
- from development assistance to internationalization
In our next post we will talk about the suggested alternative of M. Leroy, internationalization. To finish this post I want demonstrate that his vision is in some way parallel to that of Ernesto Sirolli (see earlier blog).
“It also not only about quantity (how many kids go to school?) also not only about quality (how good is the education?) but also about accountability and participation, giving the people a chance to go their own way. “
But M. Leroy goes a little further, he claims that if they can fix it on their own, you’ve got to leave them alone.