Risk, politics and development: Lessons from the UK’s democracy aid

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Risk, politics and development: Lessons from the UK’s democracy aid. / Dodsworth, Susan; Cheeseman, Nic.

In: Public Administration and Development, Vol. 38, No. 2, 03.05.2018, p. 53-64.

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title = "Risk, politics and development:: Lessons from the UK{\textquoteright}s democracy aid",
abstract = "Political risks are inescapable in development. Donors keep them in check with a range of tools, but existing options provide little guidance about how political forms of risk can – or should – shape program design. This paper presents a novel framework that offers practical guidance on how to think about and manage some of these risks. This is based on a review of programs delivered by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which provides a specific type of aid: democracy assistance. Political forms of risk have a strong influence on that aid, so it provides a valuable example. Our framework centres on two trade-offs inherent in the provision of aid for democracy support. The first relates to the type of approach employed in a program; should it focus on a thematic issue or a specific event, or should it focus primarily on an institution and its processes? The second concerns the scope of a program in terms of who it includes. Understanding the costs and benefits of these trade-offs will help development practitioners to make decisions about political risks in a more rigorous and transparent way and, potentially, to shift from a culture of risk-aversion, to one of informed risk-taking.",
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