Summary: “It doesn’t take a village”

September 4, 2013
According to the article, “It doesn’t take a village” the theft rate of aid given to local communities is surprising. For instance, in Uganda “local Politicians stole 87%” of education aid and rest was distributed among elites. Further, in Indonesia subsidized-rice project was failed due to corruption. Article says, overall, aid distribution in local hands is not fruitful. Furthermore, some other projects provide money to poor people for better management of natural resources. According to article, taking advantage from natural resources like rivers and forests is vital for poor people because forest is “providing food, shelter and fuel in toughest times” (It doesn’t take a village). But the consequences of this project were contrary to its objectives. For example, in Tanzania local forestry licensing system create problems for poor people due to which poor people were dependent on town based trades and on elite villagers.
Moreover, article highlights that the projects which are monitoring have better outcomes, like in Kenyan communities start to supervising schools. They noticed that punctuality of teachers and performance of students was better. But they also come across with some bad example, too. In Argentina the test grades were based on average class score. This policy was beneficial for rich students but the grades of poor students were declined. Article says that, may be aid did not noticed the negative outcomes of this policy. Finally, this report is giving us an idea that how poor people are marginalized by local elites (“It doesn’t take a village”). According to article most of the time women and other minority ethnic groups are suffering a lot because they have very little access to resources. Despite of many problems, the reporter’s authors, Ms. Mansuri and Mr. Rao are hopeful: they estimated that by investigating the drawbacks of aids can improve the projects. For that reason, their boss has promised to start to collect tangible evidence and this report is early test for that promise.


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