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Contrasting visions for aid and governance in the 21st century: the White House Millennium Challenge Account and DFID`s Drivers of Change

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  • Vasudha Chhotray
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    Governance is becoming increasingly important in development and poverty reduction policies. However, the forms and methods by which it is to be incorporated into donor programs are only emerging at present. In this paper, we contrast two very different approaches - the White House led Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and DFID`s Drivers of Change (DOC) Approach - to analysing governance, and compare their theoretical underpinnings. A key factor explaining why these different approaches have been adopted is that for the USA, global poverty reduction is a footnote to its foreign policy and national security agenda, whereas in the UK, global poverty reduction engages both the national political leadership and the civil society. In the conclusion, the paper suggests that enduring contradictions confronted by all donors complicate the treatment of governance in empirically nuanced terms (as DOC attempts to do) while privileging a more universalistic approach like the MCA.

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    Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number GPRG-WPS-062.

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    Date of creation: 01 Nov 2006
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    Keywords: Aid; Governance; Poverty Reduction; MCA; UK; USA;

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    1. Baulch, Bob, 2006. "Aid distribution and the MDGs," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(6), pages 933-950, June.
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