chapter  10
Limitations of International Agencies
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It is curious for me to write under the above title, given that I have been involved in the development activities of the United Nations, its agencies, its development banks as a researcher and then consultant for several decades. In fact, given the strong negative pressure on the UN that is prevalent, particularly from the powerful Republicans in the US (as the above quote highlights in a nutshell), my overall impression is that it does a good job on development, even at times outstanding, with the very small resources at its disposal. But, as I shall argue here, its impact on development is, unfortunately, a mere drop in the ocean. I shall use ‘UN’ in the following to abbreviate for all its agencies.