Can we Better Manage Donor Institutions for Tackling Global Challenges?

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Sep 29, 2021 | ODI, Nilima Gulrajani, Rachael Calleja

Many countries have sought bureaucratic consolidation through governmental mergers, but this level of integration is not a necessary precondition for orchestrating pluralism, argue Nilima Gulrajani and Rachael Calleja in this ODI article. Tackling global challenges effectively needs donors to rethink how the resources and expertise of different governmental actors can be coordinated. Mergers can become backdrops against which fragmentation and hierarchy escalate. This is particularly likely without a strong vision for development policy and the role that other government departments (OGDs) should play; where bureaucratic and intergovernmental systems are weak; and where no central agency is steering policy impartially. The authors suggest that bilateral donor governance needs a conductor to coordinate a whole-of-government development policy and an ‘orchestra of actors’ to implement it.

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