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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
What is the Role of Aid in Middle-Income Countries?
December 21, 2020
We develop screens and principles designed to maximise the impact of aid, especially in richer recipients. All else equal, a dollar spent in the poorest countries will have a larger impact on well-being than a dollar spent in richer countries, so ODA should be concentrated in those countries.
Carving Around David: Implementing a Hierarchy of Cuts to the Aid Budget
November 20, 2020
If the ODA budget is to be cut, doing so will be painful, messy, and imperfect, but there is a way to wield the chisel well, says Ranil Dissanayake.
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Hounds: How the FCDO Can Deliver Its Vision for Development
August 05, 2020
Being a force for good in the world is more than about branding, or even good intentions: it requires impact and an organisation capable of it. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s vision offers a good starting point for being a values-driven force for good in the world, but within tha...
Not a Centaur but Better: Building FCDO into a Powerful Force for Good and Not for Chaos
June 26, 2020
Following the announcement of the merger between DfID and FCO, Stefan Dercon and Ranil Dissanayake take a look at the opportunities of the merger.
Planning for School Reopening and Recovery After COVID-19
May 29, 2020
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed schools in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. As they start to plan for reopening, we have compiled a series of short and accessible briefs that provide the best available rigorous evidence on five critical dimensions ...