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Title:Informational standards in development agency management
Author:Clements, PaulISNI
Periodical:World Development
Geographic terms:Uganda
United States
Subjects:World Bank
development projects
development cooperation
Abstract:How well do international development agencies support development in poor countries? Idealist, legal-bureaucratic, and populist views insist that they often do a good job, and documentary evidence suggests that aid generally works. Realist, neo-Marxist and neoliberal critiques, however, suggest that documents may not be reliable. This paper presents evidence of informational standards and development impacts from four USAID and four World Bank projects in Africa. The USAID programmes include: the Cooperative Agriculture and agribusiness Support (CAAS) project in Uganda; the Family Planning Services and Support (FPPS) project in Kenya; the On-Farm Grain Storage (OFGS) project in Kenya; and the Promoting Health Interventions for Child Survival (PHICS) project in Malawi. The World Bank projects include: the Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation (WSSR) project in Uganda; the Southwest Region Agriculture Rehabilitation (SRAR) project in Uganda; the Third and Fourth Kenya Population Projects in Kenya; and the Malawi Infrastructure Project (MIP). The paper finds significant positive bias in project documents; promotional and analytical purposes often collide. Weak informational standards undermine incentives to manage for impact and reduce the prospects for bureaucratic learning. Bibliogr., notes, sum.