Some Examples of Successful Development Projects

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Abhijit Banerjee and Ruimin He have undertaken a rigorous study of the relatively few independent evaluations of aid program successes and failures. They suggest the following interventions are usually highly effective forms of aid in normal circumstances:

  • Subsidies given directly to families to be spent on children’s education and health
  • Education vouchers for school uniforms and textbooks
  • Teaching selected illiterate adults to read and write
  • Deworming drugs and vitamin/nutritional supplements
  • Vaccination and HIV/AIDS prevention programs
  • Indoor sprays against malaria, anti-mosquito bed netting
  • Suitable fertilizers
  • Clean water supplies

(source: Wikipedia and “Making Aid Work”, A. Banerjee and R. He, MIT 2003)

I’d be happy to discuss further successful projects in the comments.

(photo by OXFAM International on flickr)


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