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Chairman’s Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide a snapshot and comments on recent news and debate in the aid and humanitarian sectors.  In the last quarter of 2022 the blog is focussed on planning for Ukraine’s reconstruction and the debates on how it can be delivered. 

This is a meaty subject: the blog considers questions on the politics of Ukraine’s reconstruction leadership, architecture and modality with a particular focus on how support will be channelled and the use of grants and other funding vehicles.

The blog is prepared by William Morrison, Chairman of MetricsLed. William, a former founding director of Adam Smith International, has led reconstruction programmes in the Middle East, East Africa and South Asia. 

A ‘Nothing-Burger’: Questions ducked at the Berlin Conference on Ukraine’s Reconstruction

Who pays? Who leads? When to start, where, using what approaches and modalities? What about corruption? The questions that Ukraine’s reconstruction poses are difficult and of course add pressure to governments grappling with a deep downturn and a cost of living and energy crisis. But to simply file them away in the ‘too difficult pile’ or kick them into the long grass – as Western leaders did late last month at the Berlin Conference – would be a grave strategic error.

The short-term costs of reconstruction will be huge but the costs and strategic consequences of a botched reconstruction programme over the longer term are unimaginable.

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Questions for the Europeans on Ukraine’s Reconstruction

Potential donors will meet in Berlin on Oct. 25 to plan for Ukraine’s reconstruction. The last meeting in July at Lugano failed to produce a plan and the principles it collectively espoused were muddled and contradictory. In recent weeks the debate on Ukrainian’s reconstruction has been gathering pace.

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William Morrison

Chairman - MetricsLed
William Morrison has spent 25 years working with and for government at the highest level. He worked for the Adam Smith Institute for a decade before founding Adam Smith International (ASI) for which he served as Managing Director and Chairman.