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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge

 

Kirsten Henson

Can development aid be effective in achieving sustainable outcomes?

Kirsten Henson

Can development aid be effective in achieving sustainable outcomes?

In recent years the development industry has sought to improve the effectiveness of aid.  Vocabulary such as “ownership”, “alignment” and “gender equality” is becoming common place in aid literature.  This research critically explores whether the change in language represents a new paradigm in aid or if it is still business as usual.  A rural water supply case study in Ghana is utilised to explore project-level aid and consideration is also given to macro-level aid.  The research notes similarities in the short-comings of the aid process at both levels and raises serious concerns about the ability of aid in its current framework to lead to effective outcomes.