Friday, May 11, 2012
The Guardian reported on a recently published study on the Millennium Village Project (MVP). The study, authored by Jeffrey Sachs and others, points to large reductions in child mortality within the Millennium Villages as a result of the project. However, others suggest that MVP's impact is overstated. Lawrence Haddad takes issue with comparing the Millennium Village sites to villages where data were not collected until year three of the MVP. Tom Murphy suggests they should be compared against villages receiving targeted interventions to truly judge the impact of the comprehensive suite of aid interventions that defines the MVP. Aid Thoughts points to the overall decrease in child mortality throughout the countries where the Millennium Villages are located, questioning whether the impact observed can be directly attributed to the MVP.
Meanwhile, “Beltway Bandits” are putting up a fight against a USAID reform that increases the amount of funding channeled through local actors to 30% by 2015. Humanosphere reports on the resistance to untied aid, and Oxfam is partnering with other organizations to in support of the reform. Gregory Adams explains why anti-corruption activists support direct funding to local actors to solve local development problems.
Taryn Davis is a Communications Intern at Development Gateway.