Counter-bureaucracy and development

Andrew Natsios, former USAID Head, in his paper The Clash of the Counter-Bureaucracy and Development, says current development practice is beset with:

• Excessive focus on compliance requirements to the exclusion of other work, such as program implementation, with enormous opportunity costs
• Perverse incentives against program innovation, risk taking, and funding for new partners and approaches to development
• The Obsessive Measurement Disorder for judging programs that limits funding for the most transformational development sectors
• The focus on the short term over the long term
• The subtle but insidious redefinition of development to de-emphasize good development practice, policy reform, institution building, and sustainability.

Access original at Poverty to Power. Access Natsios’ paper here.

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