Brookings Today, 7/10/14

A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.

  • Changing donor performance in development assistance. Nancy Birdsall and Homi Kharas measure the quality of Official Development Assistance and study the changes over time in donor performance.

  • Accountability in schools. Grover Whitehurst argues that districts and schools should have the opportunity to determine what students are taught and how students, teachers, principals, and superintendents are held accountable.

  • Universal credit in America. Richard Reeves asks if the U.S. should follow in the U.K.’s example and adopt a universal credit (a system of unified tax transfer payment).

  • Implications of Iran’s student protests. Suzanne Maloney remembers the violent crackdown on student protests at Tehran University and looks at its legacy fifteen years later.

  • The potential creative destruction of innovation. Walter Valdivia questions the idea that innovation is an unqualified good.

  • Transnational efforts against corruption. Luay Al-Khatteeb and Omar Al Saadoon study the playing field of transnational efforts against corruption and provide an overview of the current framework of international norms designed to promote an integrated system of global transparency relating to extractive industries.

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.