Field vs. Central Project Control: What Works Better, When?

Field vs. Central Project Control: What Works Better, When?

Drawing on his recent book Navigation by Judgment and a novel database of over 14,000 discrete development projects across nine aid agencies and eight paired case studies of development projects, Dan argues that aid agencies will often benefit from giving field agents the authority to use their own judgments to guide aid delivery, particularly when environments are unpredictable and when accomplishing an aid programme’s goals is hard to accurately measure. Under certain conditions reporting practices and target setting interfere with agencies’ ability to “navigate by judgment” to the detriment of their programs.

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Speakers

Introduction

Erica Gerretsen, Head of Unit, DEVCO A4 - Budget support, Public Finance Management and Domestic Revenue Mobilisation

Presentation

Dan Honig, Assistant Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins SAIS