Reforming Development Assistance: Lessons from the UK Experience by CGD Senior Program Associate Owen Barder examines the changes in institutional arrangements and development policy that led to the creation of DFID, and discusses the elements that have contributed to its success. Among the most impressive achievements is its independence and ability to overcome the myopia of short-term political interests to focus on long-term goals of poverty reduction. But there remain challenges ahead for the new Department. The paper suggests that the UK's experience with DFID offers valuable lessons from which the donor community can learn.
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