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Author: Dan Perlman

Why international aid so often falls short — and sometimes makes things worse

Last month, Ambassador Mark Green became the new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Green is widely respected within the global development community and has made clear that business as usual at USAID is not an option. On his first day inside the Ronald Reagan Building, he told USAID staff, “I believe the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist. … Each of our programs should look forward to the day when we can end it. And around the world we should measure our work by how far each investment moves us...

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A controversial article praises colonialism. But colonialism’s real legacy was ugly.

How many of today’s problems in the Global South are a direct legacy of colonialism? A recent journal article by Bruce Gilley,  “The Case for Colonialism,” kicked up great controversy by arguing that the “orthodoxy” that Western colonialism was universally harmful to colonized peoples and countries is overstated. Colonialism, Gilley writes, was “both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate” in many places. Gilley, a political scientist at Portland State University, studies Chinese politics and recently made waves for resigning his membership in the American Political Science Association over its alleged lack of political diversity. His article in Third World Quarterly,...

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Researchers have a lot of freedom about which findings to emphasize. That can be a problem.

Last year, The Monkey Cage ran a post about a survey experiment involving a photograph of President Obama: First, we showed people either a lighter or darker image of Obama. Afterward, we asked those people to fill in the blanks to complete partial words, and we counted how often they provided stereotype-consistent completions of the following prompts: L A _ _ (LAZY); D _ _ _ Y (DIRTY); and _ _ O R (POOR). People who had seen the darker image were on average 36 percent more likely to use these stereotype-consistent words than were people who saw the...

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