26 June 2012

Good aid meets bad governance: The case of bednets in Masisi

So apparently the donors and the Government of DRC agreed to split 50:50 the cost of providing insecticide treated bednets for every family in the Masisi district. There are now 100,000 donor funded nets sitting in the hospital in Masisi town, waiting there for months to be distributed by government staff, and taking up scarce space in the hospital. And there is no sign of those government funded nets.

8 comments:

Matt said...

Could you then even reasonably call the bed net provision "good aid"? Ineffective aid is bad aid, period. It doesn't matter if it it worked in some other context or some ideal controlled setting (think of all the scientifically-proven interventions that Sachs pushes on the MVs). That the DRC is a governance mess is not headline news - if donors didn't adequately take this into account they are just as much to blame. 

rovingbandit said...

Agreed entirely, I was just going for a catchy headline to be honest.

Matt said...

Like

rovingbandit said...

Agreed entirely, I was just going for a catchy headline to be honest.

kim yi dionne said...

agreeing to split 50:50 the cost of providing bednets doesn't necessarily mean 100K bednets from donors and 100k bednets from the DRC government. Maybe the cost of 100K bednets from donors=cost of distributing 100K bednets.

rovingbandit said...

That's just bad wording on my part. The idea was they both contribute 100,000 nets. Current stock will cover half the population.

Theo Baskind said...

it's just one more way to drain money from the people. control the money you control the people

Theo Baskind said...

 it's just one more way to drain money from the people. control the money you control the people

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