Lives in the Balance: Improving Accountability for Public Spending in Developing Nations

In Lives in the Balance: Improving Accountability for Public Spending in Developing Nations (Brookings Press, 2010) authors Charles C. Griffin, David de Ferranti and Courtney Tolmie, along with Justin Jacinto, Graeme Ramshaw and Chinyere Bun, put public spending by developing countries under the microscope. Much has been written about the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the huge sums of foreign assistance to developing countries. Despite these outside contributions, most developing countries finance 80 percent or more of their own health and education spending. The book examines this landscape in its totality—and how best to ensure that public spending, including aid money, gets to the right destination.