This is a very interesting debate on the World Bank Africa Can blog between the Chief Executive of Oxfam GB and the Chief Economist of the Africa Region at the World Bank.
In particular, it’s fascinating to think about the contrast between this argument from Oxfam:
The failures to achieve universal access to health and education are primarily due to lack of investment by governments and the international community in publicly financed and delivered health systems.
And this one from the World Bank:
The reason these services are failing poor people is a series of accountability failures in the service delivery chain.
While these are certainly not mutually exclusive diagnoses, the relatively weighting and influence on the debate is quite important.
What do you think?