By Jennifer Welsh, Ngaire Woods
Can strong governance be exported? foreign improvement help is extra often being utilized to strengthening governance in constructing international locations, and in Exporting strong Governance: Temptations and demanding situations in Canada’s reduction software, the editors compile assorted views to enquire even if relief for stable governance works. the 1st portion of the booklet outlines the altering face of foreign improvement advice and ideas of fine governance. the second one part analyzes six countries: 3 are nations to which Canada has dedicated a good portion of its relief efforts over the last 5 to 10 years: Ghana, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. are more recent and extra complicated “fragile states,” the place Canada has engaged: Haiti and Afghanistan. those 5 are then in comparison with Mauritius, which has loved fairly sturdy governance. the ultimate part appears at demanding situations and new instructions for Canadas improvement coverage. Co-published with the Centre for foreign Governance Innovation
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Virtually everyone pays lip service to it. It provides the rationale for much mainstream donor policy and practice: to improve donor harmonization; to nurture country ownership of poverty reduction programs; to strengthen country recipient control over planning, budgeting, and procurement arrangements for aid; to apply conditionality in a more selective and nuanced way; and to carry out better political and institutional analysis. As discussed by de Renzio and Mulley later in this book, these principles are now enshrined in an ambitious, high-proﬁle Declaration on Aid Effectiveness signed by ofﬁcials from developed and developing countries in Paris in March 2005.
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