Harnessing Local Capacity: U.S. Assistance and NGO in Pakistan By Nadia Naviwala

Harnessing Local Capacity: U.S. Assistance and NGO in Pakistan
Harvard Kennedy School Policy Analysis Exercise, Spring 2010
By Nadia Naviwala

The motivating question for this Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) is: How can USAID spend the new $7.5 billion development assistance package for Pakistan more effectively by engaging local NGOs and leaders?

The challenge for USAID is to work with Locally Funded NGOs without converting them into foreignfunded NGOs. This PAE suggests that USAID can achieve this by following principles of “non-distortionary” and “demand-driven” assistance...

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