DRI received the international award for its work helping to ensure that the economic aid rich countries provide to the developing world is better utilized, and for questioning mainstream assumptions in development cooperation, like the idea that more generosity on the part of rich donor countries will have an automatic pay-off in poor country development. The BBVA jury recognized DRI for "its contribution to the analysis of foreign aid provision, and its challenge to the conventional wisdom in development assistance."
Find more information about the award and browse 2009 award winners in other categories at the BBVA foundation website.
DRI Wins BBVA Foundation Award
William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko discuss DRI and the BBVA Foundation Award