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As others before me have reported, Paul Farmer, the longest-rumored contender for the USAID Administrator nomination, is out of the running. And so begins again a courtship ritual that, funny enough, is captured in the old children’s rhyme that bears his name.
As proponents of Cash on Delivery (COD) Aid, we agree that EC performance-linked budget support is a good example of a results or outcome-based aid program -- and we wouldn't want to see any COD Aid program substituting for rather than complementing this approach or for that matter other aid arrangements -- certainly not in the short run.