Aid Effectiveness Publications
Oxfam's Articles, Reports, Briefings, Research and AidNow briefs reflect hot topics in the aid effectiveness debate. They offer snapshots from the field, fresh perspectives on old subjects, and new and surprising data that helps inform how we think about foreign aid.
- (NEW!) To fight corruption, localize aid (2015)
- Foreign aid 101: A quick and easy guide to understanding US foreign aid (2014)
- Transparency and US Foreign Aid: New legislation--the Foreign Aid and Transparency Act of 2013--would open the books on US development assistance.
- A Quiet Renaissance in American Aid: How US reforms are making America a better partner in the fight against poverty (2013)
- Busan in a Nutshell: What next for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation?(2012)
- Open letter to Congress: "Work with us to fight corruption and injustice" (2012)
- Saving lives through country ownership: Three steps for President Obama’s Global Health Initiative to succeed (2010)
- Failing the Cardozo test: Why US foreign assistance legislation needs a fresh start (2009)
- From Poverty to Power: How active citizens and effective states can change the world by Duncan Green (2008)
Effective Foreign Aid at Work
People using US aid effectively to bring about change in their countries and communities.
- Martha Kwataine, Executive Director, Malawi Health Equity Network (Beltway Outsider)
- Manuel Dominquez, Mayor of San Martin Alao, Peru (Fiscal Hawk)
- Nana Kojo Kondua IV, Chief of Abuesi, Ghana (Job Creator)
- Emiliana Aligaesha, Farmer, Tanzania (Venture Capitalist)
- Alexis Nkurunziza, Transparency Expert, Rwanda
- Majeda Begum Shiru, Local Leader, Bangladesh
- Delia Salminang, Peace Negotiator, The Philippines
- New USAID reforms put foreign aid to work fighting corruption and waste (May 2012)
- The tied aid "round trip" (January 2009)
- Aid Transparency: When developing countries lead, will the US follow? (January 2009)
- Transparency is happening now: USAID and Indonesia's national budget (October 2009)
- Getting results from our aid: Rethinking what we measure (May 2008)
- Measuring the right results: The real strengths of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (January 2009)
- "D" is for Different: Why diplomacy and development are not the same, and why it matters (April 2009)
- Why trade policy can help or hinder the US's fight against poverty (January 2009)
- Can aid for food security show the way for broader aid reform? (April 2010)
- The Humanitarian Response Index: Where we stand (January 2009)
- Why are humanitarian advocates leading on aid reform? (January 2011)
- Why should water, sanitation, and hygiene advocates lead on aid reform? (September 2009)
- Why should health advocates lead on aid reform? (August 2009)
- Guidance to the Global Health Initiative on implementing country ownership (August 2010)
- What development professionals need: Voices of USAID professionals on the frontlines (July 2009)
Ownership in Practice
Oxfam's Ownership in Practice series (2010) reflects perspectives from the field on the kinds of reforms that would improve the usefulness of US foreign aid on the ground, as well as insights from policymakers in Washington as to possible policy options that would put this vision into practice.
Two-page executive summaries
- Information: Letting countries know what donors are doing
- Capacity: Helping countries lead
- Control: Letting countries lead
- Information: Let countries know what donors are doing
- Capacity: Helping countries lead
- The Politics of Partnership: How donors manage risk while letting recipients lead their own development
Smart Development in Practice
Oxfam's Smart Development in Practice reports (2008) bring voices from several countries to the Washington aid debate. The reports provide various perspectives—from the country offices of US agencies delivering aid, US contractors, host governments, civil society organizations, beneficiaries, and other donors—on the challenges confronting US foreign aid and the reforms that could improve it.
By responding to these voices, we can embrace a new vision for US foreign aid—one that listens to and works with the countries we are trying to support, and in the process, strengthens US standing abroad as a genuine partner in development.
Country field reports
- Field Report: Afghanistan
- Field Report: Cambodia
- Field Report: El Salvador
- Field Report: Mozambique
- Field Report: Southern Sudan
Note: Oxfam does not take US federal funds, but we do support effective development programs.