Mark Buntaine (Assistant Professor of Government) and Brad Parks (Co-Executive Director of AidData) are leading a project to learn how and when aid can promote "persistent institutional development" in developing countries. Existing data sources and conventional methodological techniques can shed light on the quantifiable outputs of specific aid projects, such as the number of new schools constructed, the number of patients that received treatment, or the miles of water supply infrastructure that were installed. But more fundamental questions remain unanswered. For example, can aid help establish endogenously functional systems of governance that persist beyond donor project cycles?
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