Lives in the Balance
Improving Accountability for Public Spending in Developing Countries
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Lives in the Balance by Charles C. Griffin
Book DescriptionBecause of its potential impact, and, in some cases, the harm it has brought, foreign aid is under the microscope. Donor countries, who don't want simply to give money away; recipient nations, who need to make the most of what they have and get; and analysts, policymakers, and writers are all scrutinizing how much is spent and where it goes. Perhaps more important, aid is only a small part of what developing country governments spend. Their own resources finance 80 percent or more of health and education spending except in the most aid-dependent countries. Lives in the Balance investigates a vital aspect of this landscape --how best to ensure that public spending, including aid money, gets to the right destination. The development of democratic institutions and the spread of cheap communications technology in developing countries make it possible for the "demand-side" --citizens and civil society institutions --to advocate for improved transparency, stronger accountability, better priorities, reduced corruption, and more emphasis on helping the poor. Securing real reform will depend not only on knowledge of how the recipient government operates, but also how to work with partner entities --the media, the private sector, other organizations, and legislators --to raise awareness and compel change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815732891
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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This book is based on a simple concept: no one is in a better position to hold a government accountable than those it governs. When governments fail to meet the needs of their citizens, the international community often turns to large external organizations such as the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank.
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Author Biography - Charles C. Griffin
Charles C. Griffin is senior adviser to the vice president for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank and former senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., USA. David de Ferranti is president of the Results for Development Institute, Washington, D.C., USA, and a former World Bank vice president. Courtney Tolmie is a senior program officer for the Transparency and Accountability Program, a project of the Results for Development Institute. Justin Jacinto , Graeme Ramshaw , and Chinyere Bun all have conducted research for Brookings.
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