Value for money in UK aid: the good, the bad and the ugly

May 11, 2018
Cathy Shutt (left, on vintage phone) and Craig Valters unsugar a recent pill on DFID’s approach to Value for Money All aid programmes should be good ‘Value for Money’ – hard to argue with that, right? 8 years ago, DFID put this principle at the heart of its work. Here we reflect on a recent report by the UK aid watchdog,

Book Review: Why We Lie About Aid by Pablo Yanguas

May 2, 2018
Guest post by Tom Kirk, of the LSE’s Centre for Public Authority in International Development Every so often you read something that brilliantly articulates an idea or issue you have been struggling with for a while, but could not properly capture. Why We Lie About Aid is one of those books. Full of pithy quotes, punchy anecdotes and insightful case

The Politics of Results and Evidence in International Development: important new book

August 5, 2015
The results/value for money steamroller grinds on, with aid donors demanding more attention to measurement of impact. At first sight that’s a good thing – who could be against achieving results and knowing whether you’ve achieved them, right? Step forward Ros Eyben, Chris Roche, Irene Guijt and Cathy Shutt, who take a more sceptical look in a new book, The

Measuring well-being: what can international development learn from the health sector?

June 26, 2012

So where have we got to on Value for Money, Results etc?

March 17, 2011

If not results, then what? The risks of not having a results agenda

March 16, 2011

‘Stuff happens’: the risks of a results agenda. Guest post from Rosalind Eyben

March 15, 2011