The fifth installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. To see other posts in the series, click on the following names - George Ingram, Noam Unger, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma & Nora O’Connell.
The PSD & QDDR: What’s in it for poor countries?
by Raymond C. Offenheiser
President Obama and his administration have emphasized the need for U.S. development policy and practice to support “country ownership”—the idea that poor countries and their people need to lead their own development. As Secretary Clinton has said, “In Africa and elsewhere, we seek more agile, effective, and creative partnerships. We will focus on country-driven solutions that give responsible governments more information, capacity, and control as they tailor strategies to meet their needs.” So how can the PSD and the QDDR interim report suggest ways to better transfer information, capacity and control to recipients?