A Pay-for-Performance Evolution

By Tina Rosenberg

Every discussion about foreign aid is a heated discussion. Readers of Tuesday’s column on a new idea for foreign aid — paying for outcomes instead of providing money in advance — had plenty of suggestions about how to fix foreign aid (or why to abandon it). But before we get to them, we should make sure we know what we’re talking about when we say “foreign aid.” “It would be better if the citizens understood that ‘foreign aid’ is a misnomer,” wrote Millie Bea of Washington.
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