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  1. tony higgins
    tony higgins March 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks Matthew
    Absolutely agree that impacts are context-specific and determined by (changing) political dynamics in the recipient country. My experience is that in many cases the officials in the central planning/finance ministries have significant influence over which policies get included in any policy action matrix attached to budget support programs (which may not have the same level of commitment from the sector ministry officials most involved in policy implementation). In some cases these central agency officials might be politically aligned with the ruling government, but there are other countries where the officials have their own agendas, and attempt to increase the political and donor pressure for reform. Adding to the complexity is the fact that the development partners each have their own agendas and do not necessarily share the same policy reform priorities. China and Taiwan in particular tend to bypass the central agency officials to engage directly at a political level, including for the district or constituency support funds.

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