Gates on Waste

Bill Gates writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:

“The case made by Mr. Kenny in “Getting Better” is a powerful antidote to overly gloomy assessments of development aid. Wasteful and corrupt aid projects are probably inevitable, and they should never be tolerated. But overall, when you look at the big picture, quite a lot of good things are happening.

What’s more, the book suggests ways to make aid more efficient and effective.”

Gates mentions worthy goals that can apply as much to federal, state and local government spending as to international aid: curtailing waste, seeking to make programs more efficient and effective. These goals are almost universally admired.

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