We live in a new reality of aid. Rich countries delivered $3.2 trillion of aid to poor countries between 1960 and 2008; and today, aid is a $200 billion industry. Despite disputes and upheavals, the core of the aid industry has changed little over the past few decades. Now the new pressures on the aid system may be too strong to resist fundamental change.
Delivering Aid Differently  (Brookings Press, 2010) has been written at a time when the future of foreign aid is being fiercely debated. On the one hand, aid experts, including Peter Singer and Jeffrey Sachs, support a huge increase in the size of foreign aid budgets, faulting a lack-of-donor generosity for the continued existence of severe poverty. Their message: aid works; we just don’t do enough of it.