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    multilateral cognitive dissonance

    Discuss: This is just another case of multilateral cognitive dissonance, and the high priority placed by donors on good governance is rhetorical.

    International development assistance has focused increasing resources on raising civil service capacity in low-income country administrations plagued by low pay, poor establishment controls, and the absence of merit-based human resource practice.

    At the same time, donors sabotage civil service capacity development over the longer term.

    Notwithstanding international accords calling on donors to curtail this behavior, collective action problems constrain donors from dismantling the projectized aid infrastructure that fragments government institutions.

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