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Better Measuring Aid Outcomes Could Provide Estimate Of Corruption Impacts On Development, CGD Expert Says

Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center”: How Much Aid is Really Lost to Corruption?
Charles Kenny, senior fellow at CGD, discusses the difficulty in accurately measuring foreign aid that is lost to corruption and suggests measuring outcomes in order to do so. Kenny writes, “We still don’t have enough evidence on results to come up with any conclusive overall numbers on ‘the percentage of aid that delivers the impact it was designed to.’ … If the administration’s concerns over aid and corruption ended up improving the results focus of aid programs, that would be great news for many reasons — but not least because it would help reduce the real impact that corruption can have on development” (1/23).