There’s a growing movement in foreign aid to ensure that the countries and communities that receive assistance also have increased ownership over programs. In his welcome message, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green reminded us of this, saying “I believe the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist.” We’ve all read articles debating the extent to which this is actually happening and the most effective ways to build country ownership. Over the past decade of my work in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), I’ve seen a simple financial mechanism utilized to manage resources efficiently and empower local communities. In doing so, we can manage assistance in a way that ensures the most vulnerable people aren’t left behind. [Read More]
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