Teaching Case - On Assessing a Gift Horse: Systems Analysis for Planning and Evaluating Foreign Aid

On Assessing a Gift Horse: Systems Analysis for Planning and Evaluating Foreign Aid

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    Abstract:
    This disguised case traces the attempts of Luis Tias, member of the new revolutionary government of Fulano, to develop and institutionalize a system to plan and evaluate foreign aid. It presents Tias' justifications for such a system--the need to coordinate with national aims and a concern with the "ideological baggage" attached to foreign aid--as well as others' arguments against it. It also details the specifics of such a systems analysis and the difficulties of implementing it in a developing country, and then concludes with a brief summary of the initial success of Tias' scheme. The sequel examines the programs 14 months after its inception when its success was more questionable.

    Learning Objective:
    This case may be used to consider some of the difficulties inherent in monitoring programs, given bureaucratic politics. More specifically, it may also be used as a vehicle to illustrate how a military autocracy relates to the civilian bureaucracy in administering development projects.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1981
    HKS Case Number: 328.0
    Case Author: Robert Klitgaard
    Faculty Lead: Robert Klitgaard
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 16
    Setting: Fictional
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: Fictional
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