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Global Partnership launches new blog on effective development co-operation
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation has launched a new Effective Development Co-operation blog as a forum for sharing advice, learning and experiences on key issues in the run-up to the High-Level Meeting to be held in Mexico City in April 2014. New posts will be published every week to give a diverse range of stakeholders a voice inthe development co-operation conversation as the Mexico meeting approaches. The first post is by Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Evaluation Capacity Development
This rapid review of evidence about efforts to support evaluation capacities of developing countries finds many reports of innovative and good practices, but relatively little rigorous evidence about what has worked. Key success factors for evaluation capacity development (ECD) include: being demand-driven and context-specific; focusing on incentives; working with evaluation systems; addressing demand as well as supply; and integrating human rights and gender equality concerns. Frequent recommendations for ECD processes and activities include assessing existing M&E; integrating ECD as part of a results-based M&E system and identifying clear ECD results; working with champions; adopting a sustained, adaptive roadmap approach; providing follow-up to training interventions; working with stakeholders beyond government; tackling any unintended negative impact of donor evaluation operations; and an emergent focus on building demand and use of evaluation evidence.
Capacity Development of Central State Institutions in Fragile Situations
This new report from the Danish Institute for International Studies analyses foreign aid to capacity development in central state institutions in fragile situations. The report discusses five cases with relatively successful outcomes in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia and South Sudan.
These cases show that interventions tend to succeed if they fit well the given situation and context (donor, sector, conflict etc.). This does not imply conforming to the context. In some cases the initiative, which seems to fit the context, may be one that finds a window of opportunity to confront specific malfunctions.
Several issues appear vital for change to occur. First, there has to be strong motivation for capacity development to occur. Second, people are central to institutional change and there is a need to pay close attention both internal and external staff. Third, working with the external relations and environment of an institution may lead to a push for institutional change. Finally, there is a need to balance change in formal systems and procedures with alteration of internal hierarchies and power relations.
New training materials from Maputo CD workshop now available
New training materials developed for the EU delegation in Mozambique to support capacity development in public financial management, rule of law, civil society, and local development are now available to share. The materials were specially developed by Tony Land and Alfredo Mazive for a workshop held in Maputo, Mozambique, 12-14 November 2013. Participants at the workshop included officers of the Government of Mozambique (over half of the participants), staff of the EU delegation, a selection of other development partners (UNDP, GIZ, UNIDO, Italian Cooperation, Portuguese Cooperation), and representatives of civil society.
AfDB launches capacity building programme on value for money in social service delivery
The African Development Bank has developed a Value for Money Programme to build the skills of key stakeholders to address inefficiencies in social spending in African countries. A training session with senior government officials and civil society organisations from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Zambia was held on 4-7 November 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Blogs and articles from the network
- Financing for Development: A Breakthrough Toolkit
- Agents of Change: The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
- Fuelling the biogas future in Africa, ABPP secures new funding
- From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » An Uncertain Glory: Dreze and Sen’s fantastic introduction to India and its Contradictions
- Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and social learning - Wageningen UR
- African ICT Week
- CGIAR Consortium: now officially ‘Open Access’ / CGIAR
- PEP present at OECD GovNet Workshop on Political Economy Analysis (16-17/12/13)
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