In 2012, ODI began investigating one of the most debated issues in aid effectiveness: whether and how to provide funds directly to local actors. Through literature analyses, country visits (Guatemala, Liberia and Uganda) and interviews, the project has sought to:
Analyse the value of localising aid for strengthening systems and organisations in recipient countries.
Give preliminary guidance to donors on how to localise their aid most effectively.
Assess any supply-side blockages to localising aid, particularly perceptions of risk.
Ten headline messages have emerged from the research:
Localising aid to the state can work in all country contexts.
There is mixed evidence on the overall importance of localising aid.
Most donors should localise more aid.
More aid should be localised to the private sector.
International civil society organisations have an important role to play.
There is more than one route to aid effectiveness.
Localised aid is no more risky than non-localised aid.
Information is still very poorly shared.
The complexity of systemic change should be operationalised by donor agencies.
Donors should focus more on principles and human capital than rules.
What if much of the orthodox aid effectiveness agenda that has dominated aid discussions for a decade is misguided? And what if the calculations aid givers make when assessing risk are wrong? This event will present the findings of ODI’s Localising...