As there were no 'Aid and development links' last week (Easter Monday), we have an extended offering today:

  • Oxfam research raises significant questions about the impact of a public-private partnership to provide a national referral hospital in Lesotho.
  • Using a strengths-based approach for community development in Fiji requires a change in mindset from donors and recipients alike.
  • Research from Malawi examines the long-term impact of labour migration on human capital.
  • Promoting hand washing in one village paves the way for a program to reach 45 million people in India.
  • Is the UK's delivery of aid via DFID fit for purpose?
  • While total OECD aid has risen, Australia has fallen in the ranking of donors from eighth to tenth, placing it at the bottom of tier two.
  • A series of papers from Brookings examines the role of the private sector in global development post-2015.
  • The first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was held in Mexico City, but observers ask: is this a  'paradigm shift' or are we starting to suffer from summit fatigue?
  • One of the concrete outcomes of the Mexico meeting was the commitment to pilot the use of Development Impact Bonds to combat sleeping sickness in Uganda and improve access to education for girls in Rajasthan.
  • There is a growing body of research about the impacts of cash transfers in poor countries as compared with other forms of aid:

It's well past time, then, for donors to stop thinking of unconditional cash payments as an oddball policy and start seeing them for what they are: one of the most sensible tools of poverty alleviation