The New Dynamics of Aid: Power, Procedures and Relationships

Published on 1 January 2001

Effective poverty reduction requires narrowing the gap between words and actions, making trust and accountability real within and between organisations, at all levels and between all actors. Aid agencies today are shifting emphasis from projects and service delivery to a language of rights and governance. They have introduced new approaches and requirements, stressing partnership and transparency. But embedded traditions and bureaucratic inertia mean old behaviours, procedures and organisational cultures persist. The way forward is to achieve consistency between personal behaviour; institutional norms and the new development agenda.


Robert Chambers

Research Associate

Jethro Pettit

Emeritus Fellow

Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

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Chambers, R., Pettit, J. and Scott-Villers, P.
IDS Policy Briefing, issue 15


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