Foreign aid flows have risen over the years*. While there have been numerous success stories, there is room to improve outcomes and positive net impact.
The ability to respond quickly to crisis with targeted aid is one area that deserves attention.
Lack of transparency and accountability, and as a consequence corruption and misappropriation, is part of the challenge.
Knowing which programs and projects are effective (and why) and which should be scaled are not always the same thing and it is not always clear*.
Distributed ledger technology can provide a layer of transparency and accountability to stakeholder networks, and machine learning can provide donors with augmented intelligence on impacts and risks.