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Does aid in war zones do more harm than good? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 16, 2007, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you have 30 mins, Web sites

The UK newspaper The Observer is running an article (read it here) about a recent series of reports from Tiri, an anti-corruption organization (read them here). The reports are the result of 18 months of research into the integrity dimensions of post war reconstruction. They are published in draft from Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Mozambique, Palestine, Sierra Leone and Lebanon. A report on East Timor is forthcoming.

They are pretty scathing, with some press latching onto a figure of 50% of aid money ‘wasted’ in some cases. It only highlights the strong need for accountability and transparency in our work.

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‘We have got to recognise,’ said Short, ‘that the way we do business may be contributing to new conflict.’

‘It is driven by the insistence of countries and international organisations that reconstruction follows their agendas and tight timetables.’

For related thoughts set in a different context (emerging in paragraphs 6-9 in link below), see:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1970874,00.html

Comment by Peter Dickinson

Thanks Peter, that’s a really interesting article, shedding some light on the state of UK politics right now as well! I think there is going to be more and more attention given to this subject in coming years, and fewer and fewer ‘get of out jail free cards’ given to organizations in a hurry.

Comment by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek

Has MC Scotland engaged with this group and what do we know about them? How are they different to Transparency International for example? Also it would be good to have a direct link to the report on the site.

Comment by Anna

It seems to be a split from TI by Fredrik Galtung and Jeremy Pope (both of whom were original founders members of Transparency International). Reading between the lines, it seems like they want Tiri to be more action oriented.

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