OPM Associate on Al Jazeera
Development specialist and OPM Associate, Roger Riddell, spoke about aid effectiveness as part of an interview with international news channel, Al Jazeera.
Roger, author of the book ‘Does Foreign Aid Really Work’, commented on both the supply- and demand-side obstacles to fulfilling aid pledges. He was interviewed by the pan-Arab news network on the back of reports that only around five percent of aid promised to the Occupied Palestinian Territories actually reaches its intended destination.
The interview covered the important distinction between humanitarian and development aid and the need for effective dispersal of appeal funds in the context of a growing number of emergencies across the world – from natural disasters to political conflicts. Roger highlighted how donors could work together to better coordinate their efforts as well as the need to build the capacity of local institutions within recipient countries to ensure greater alignment of aid with need.
A former Non-Executive Director of OPM, Roger has over 35 years’ experience in the sector – his previous positions include International Director of NGO, Christian Aid and he was also a member of DFID’s Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact.
Watch the interview online below (reproduced with kind permission from Al Jazeera).