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Results based aid

Results based aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
I was recently asked for my opinion on the links between two common concepts in development: results-based aid (RBA) and evidence-informed policy making. It isn't something I had really considered before, but the more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that these concepts are very different – and the fact that they are often considered to be related is a bit of a worry.
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Poll: how should aid be allocated - according to needs or returns?

Poll: how should aid be allocated - according to needs or returns? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Eliza Anyangwe in Paris rounds up the debate from the first day of the Convergences World Forum and asks what should determine how development assistance is given
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The relativity of risk - development aid’s risk management challenge | BTC blog de Ben Broeckx

Risk management has been an important factor in development aid for a number of years now. Risks to donor objectives need to be managed in order to bring the donor’s exposures under control. Those exposures are often external in nature. For example, as a result of the economic crisis, constituents increasingly ask to see the results of the development aid spent.

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Governance and Development: Will paying for results help build better institutions?

Results-based aid (RBA) has tended to be seen as too focused on simple measures of impact to work for governance. With signs of progress on indicators, and a little juggling of the concept, could there be a place for RBA in institutional reform?

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Time for a Rethink: Why Development Aid for Africa Has Failed

Time for a Rethink: Why Development Aid for Africa Has Failed | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Development aid to Africa has been flowing for decades, but the results have been paltry. Instead, recipients have merely become dependent and initiative has been snuffed out. It is time to reform the system.
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Doing better on EU visibility. Lessons for the EEAS Review. ECDPM

Doing better on EU visibility. Lessons for the EEAS Review. ECDPM | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Visibility, everyone wants it, but how well are they achieving it?This blog asks: what has actually been learned from efforts to promote EU visibility in external action?
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Where does the UK's aid money go?

Where does the UK's aid money go? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
At a time of UK spending cuts, how does the government decide where and how to allocate its overseas aid budget?
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Measuring development aid in the Congo: experimental design and ethical research

For 5 years, Professor Macartan Humphreys and his team coordinated with the British government and two international development organizations to study how post-conflict development aid affected local governance capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Working with a sample of nearly four million people – two million in communities that had received development aid, and two million in communities that did not – the team came back with surprising results: analysis of 200 outcome measures failed to reveal compelling evidence that the program – one of the largest of its kind – was having any of the effects that had been attributed to this kind of aid. In his Trudeau Lecture, Professor Humphreys grapples with the ethical and political questions that his study in the DRC, and experimental research in general, raises about researchers’ role in international development.
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Participation and development under fire

Participation and development under fire | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In overseas aid there are a number of what seem to be simple propositions which hide what is a complex story. One of these is the idea of ‘participation in development’, put simply that aid recipients should have some say in the projects that donors put in place to help them.

The second proposition that is also much in vogue and also impossible to argue with is that aid should show results and provide value for money.

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New publication: Bilateral Donors’ Efforts to Assess and Manage UN Agencies’ Effectiveness | BTC

New publication: Bilateral Donors’ Efforts to Assess and Manage UN Agencies’ Effectiveness | BTC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Since the turn of the century, results orientation and performance measurement have become buzzwords in development aid. Bilateral donors are increasingly concerned about the effectiveness of core-funded UN specialised agencies, funds and programmes, through which they channel a substantial part of their funds.

Read full publication by Koen De Koster (BTC's Monitoring and Evaluation Department - Brussels) and Nathalie Holvoet (Institute of Development Policy and Management - University of Antwerp).

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9 development phrases that you love and hate: the results are in.

There are seven possible replacement terms for existing aid/development jargon. This new jargon builds on the existing institution of jargon in aid/development, strengthening public/private discourse, while allowing for community participation. It is suggested that further research and replication be conducted to demonstrate the same results and to capture and replace more phrases for aid workers for the purposes of capacity building.

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Aid Agencies: Hallowed Halls or Ghost Towns? – Blog By Jennifer Lentfer

Aid Agencies: Hallowed Halls or Ghost Towns? –  Blog By Jennifer Lentfer | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Can aid agencies harness the energy currently focused on demonstrating “results” to instead focus on the priorities of those their mission ultimately serves? Jennifer Lentfer of how-matters.org argues that it’s time for aid workers to focus their roles on service and advocacy, rather than bureaucratic technicalities.

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Results-Based Financing: A Proven Model for Better Maternal and Child Health

Results-Based Financing: A Proven Model for Better Maternal and Child Health | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Today, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced US$700 million in new IDA funding for the scale-up of results-based financing (RBF) pro­grams to help save more women and children’s lives, an endorsement of the idea that the RBF approach is an opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5—reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

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Governance and Development: Will paying for results help build better institutions?

Governance and Development: Will paying for results help build better institutions? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Results-based aid (RBA) has tended to be seen as too focused on simple measures of impact to work for governance. With signs of progress on indicators, and a little juggling of the concept, could there be a place for RBA in institutional reform?

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Making the most of aid for trade

Making the most of aid for trade | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Here's a roundup of advice from our live chat panel on the best strategies for facilitating trade and achieving long-term results
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Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?

Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Or is it just good economics? (No strings attached. Really.)

Taken to its logical conclusion, this suggests that giving away money may often be more helpful to people than giving them cows, or medicine, or training or whatever.

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Unblocking results

Governance constraints and weak institutions are a major cause of poor public service delivery in developing countries, yet there is little evidence on whether and how aid can help to release or ameliorate such constraints. Evidence that does exist tends to focus on the impact of particular types of accountability structures (such as user committees and citizen report cards). In contrast, little research has considered the broader implications of governance constraints for the design and delivery of aid programmes.

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From Audits to Results: A Needed Paradigm Shift in Health Aid

From Audits to Results: A Needed Paradigm Shift in Health Aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The World Bank’s Africa Health Forum: Finance & Capacity for Results during its 2013 Spring Meetings brought together ministers of finance and of health from 30 African countries in a unique opportunity for mutual listening between countries and partners. One recurring theme in forum and in the first panel was that results-based financing (RBF) – where financing is conditioned on achievement of results in health – is a key approach to driving value for money. In short: RBF = more money for more health.

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Impact - Health

The new thematic magazine of BTC

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Impact is a magazine that is published twice a year. It puts the spotlights on the results of our interventions in a specific sector. This first issue focuses on health. It illustrates the expertise that we put at the service of our partners and the partnerships that we conclude, both in Belgium and internationally.

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Sommes-nous « résultomaniaques » ? | BTC

Sommes-nous « résultomaniaques » ? | BTC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Prouver notre impact est-il devenu une obsession ?

Le 4 décembre dernier, une discussion passionnante a animé les conversations d'un petit monde de communicateurs et de chercheurs (parfois les 2), en direct, à la London School of Economics et sur les réseaux sociaux : The Future of Academic Impacts. Les débats (à retrouver sur Twitter, #LSEImpact) marquaient la fin d'un projet de 3 ans examinant la nature et la mesure de l'impact de la recherche universitaire en sciences sociales sur le gouvernement et l'élaboration de la politique, les affaires, l'industrie et la société civile. "It's time to put down the Impact voodoo doll" s'est exclamé un intervenant.

D'accord, l'aide internationale n'est pas la recherche. Pourtant, la même question taraude l'esprit des académiques et des acteurs du développement: comment montrer le mieux possible l'impact de nos interventions (si nous voulons être assurés de garder - à défaut d'augmenter - notre financement)?
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Marie-Christine Boeve, coordinatrice de la communication à la CTB, fait le point sur les enjeux de la communication sur les résultats de développement.

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Donor focus on “results” can lead to ineffective international aid

Donor focus on “results” can lead to ineffective international aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The donor trend of making poorer countries earn overseas aid by achieving set targets before the funds are provided often does little to improve the impact of the assistance, the development network Eurodad says in a new report. The 27-page report – “Hitting the Target? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Results-based Approaches to Aid” – examines the trend of making aid disbursements conditional on results to ensure value for money as pressure on budgets mounts due to the global economic crisis. It warns of the expense of monitoring and verification mechanisms to prove that results are being achieved.

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Bilateral Donors' Efforts to Assess and Manage UN Agencies' Effectiveness: Seeking a Balance between Paris Principles and Domestic Accountability

Bilateral Donors' Efforts to Assess and Manage UN Agencies' Effectiveness: Seeking a Balance between Paris Principles and Domestic Accountability | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Since the turn of the century, results orientation and performance measurement have become buzzwords in development aid. Bilateral donors are increasingly concerned about the effectiveness of core-funded UN specialised agencies, funds and programmes, through which they channel a substantial part of their funds.

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"Complexity, adaptation and results " by Owen Barder and Ben Ramalingam

"Complexity, adaptation and results  " by Owen Barder and Ben Ramalingam | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In the last of a series of three blog posts looking at the implications of complexity theory for development, Owen Barder and Ben Ramalingam look at the implications of complexity for the trend towards results-based management in development cooperation. They argue that is a common mistake to see a contradiction between recognising complexity and focusing on results: on the contrary, complexity provides a powerful reason for pursuing the results agenda, but it has to be done in ways which reflect the context.

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