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Donors Should Begin To Enter Into Governance Funding Space, Some Development Experts Say

Devex: Who will lead the ‘next frontier’ of governance funding?
“Bilateral donors, under pressure to justify aid spending, are having an increasingly difficult time supporting issues that don’t demonstrate immediate results. Some development experts fear this could turn donors away from hard-to-measure work in governance, a trend that would lessen the potential for long-term gains won by supporting governments in low- and middle-income countries to work more effectively. … [Rohini Pande, who was recently appointed as a professor of economics at Yale University and director of Yale’s Economic Growth Center,] noted that this potential retreat by bilateral donors in supporting governance gives West Coast donors an opportunity to step in to fill the gap…” (Cheney, 8/9).