06 March 2010

“World Bank to give $125 million for health, road programs in South Sudan”

Is today’s headline in the Tribune. Except it isn’t. The World Bank is not “giving” $125 million. The World Bank is making a disbursement of donor money from a fund which it manages. The World Bank is a management consultant here.

This kind of confusion is why we need more explicit contracts and unbundling of aid donations from project implementation (and fund management).

For the 10 hundredth time – go and read Beyond Planning now.

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