Supporting good governance and democracy demands continuous scrutiny of tools and methods used by the aid providers. Development aid that supports political systems is delicate and heavily bound to areal and cultural contexts. The new report by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace examines the development of perspectives used in governance and democracy support.
Authors of the report, Thomas Carothers and Diane de Gramont, speak about the second generation of support. They agree that since democracy and governance support became part of the development agenda in the 1990s, the methods and viewpoints used have hopelessly outdated. The authors introduce eight new insights that could replace the ones observed unworkable. By implementing these fresh viewpoints, Carothers and de Gramont believe that a more advanced and functionable support is possible.
Read the report online: Aiding governance in developing countries. Progress amid uncertainties.