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A funder’s journey

Hugh Davidson 19 May 2023

1. A heated argument about unrestricted funding Early one morning some years ago, my wife Sandra and I were marooned in the lounge of our hotel in Kolkata, because a visit to one of our …

Ten reasons to reform international development

Moses Isooba 19 May 2023

1. Like tourism, International Development is heavily Eurocentric. It started off on the wrong note – advancing white supremacy, white saviourism, racism and domination over the global south. Today there are multiple unresolved and ongoing …

Progress on reforming international development

1 Rebecca Hanshaw and Barry Knight 19 May 2023

In this article, we report progress on our consultations across the ‘development’ ecosystem in the nine months since the publication of the Jigsaw report that called for root and branch reform of international development. The …

Report: HSDT releases timely ‘Increasing Impact in International Development’

Alliance magazine 6 September 2022

‘Efforts to bring successful results to scale have, for the most part, fallen on stony ground. Rather than consolidating gains and developing assets further, donors shift from one ‘magic solution’ to another with no reliable …

Are time-limited projects outdated?

Hugh Davidson 8 December 2021

 ‘As soon as donor money stops, the project ends.’ This remark, by Rakesh Rajani, Vice President of Programs at Co-Impact, sets out the prevailing orthodoxy in international aid. In light of this, why do funders …

How unrestricted should funding be?

Hugh Davidson 25 November 2021

INGOs prefer unrestricted funds, often for good reasons. For funders this can feel like: ‘Just give us the money and go away .’ Yet many funders like me want to be part of the process …