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I would like to share with you an update of the progress Nancy Birdsall, Bill Savedoff, our colleagues and I have made on the Cash on Delivery (COD) Aid initiative. Since the idea of COD Aid was introduced in the paper Payments for Progress by Nancy and Owen Barder, we have further developed the application of COD Aid to education, have begun thinking about applications to other sectors, and have shared the idea with a range of stakeholders. Some of these stakeholders are currently exploring the possibility of trying the approach in one or more low-income countries. The following are a few updates from the past few months.
COD Aid at conferences
In addition to ongoing meetings and seminars with representatives from national governments, donor agencies, private foundations, civil society organizations, and policy and research institutions, we have presented COD Aid at the following conferences and roundtables:
Colleagues from CGD and other institutions have graciously presented COD Aid at these and other meetings and conferences. We welcome other interested individuals to contact us if they would like to do the same.
Nancy, Bill and Kate Vyborny are in the last stage of completing a book entitled Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid with an Application to Primary Schooling. I will send an email announcing the launch of the book in late 2009, and it will be featured on the COD Aid page of CGD’s website.
As I mentioned earlier, interested stakeholders are currently exploring the possibility of implementing COD Aid in one or more low-income countries. We are excited to support them and other interested stakeholders as they learn about the approach and explore ways to introduce it in specific contexts.
We are grateful for the invaluable contributions of the many individuals who have helped us conceptualize the approach, and we look forward to ongoing collaborations. We appreciate any feedback and/or questions you may have, and welcome you to contact me at any time.
Ayah Mahgoub Program Coordinator to the President Center for Global Development