His prescription to reverse these elements is striking. His consideration to only put energy into a few critical arenas strike home in all development efforts. His argument that the first priority should be jobs, especially infrastructure construction is telling. First get people working, then move to basic service provision especially health care and sanitation. His criticism that donors often bypass corrupt governments to go directly to NGOs does not solve the problem. His innovative suggestion of "independent service authorities" is a form of compromise - however, it is not clear whether any of these have been established (and worked) in practice.
Only after these two areas are in place (jobs and health services), should the energy shift to creating what he calls "clean government" - by using donor technical assistance as a means to both provide funds and track their use closely. This implies that security forces and donor's need to have a decade long agenda. Elections, which always imply winners and losers, follow the success in the first two initiatives.
Certainly food for thought, both with post-conflict development as well as with support for transitioning societies.
Further information about Dr. Collier is linked here.