This Forum aimed to help advance work on results management and aid effectiveness through discussions and sharing of experiences of managing for results at the operational level, both from a donor and a partner perspective, and through identifying emerging lessons for management.
The Forum was organised in collaboration with the World Bank and built on DAC work on results-based management and the Round Table on “Better Measuring, Monitoring and Managing for Results” held in Washington in June 2002, co-sponsored by the multilateral development banks in co-operation with the DAC. It also drew on discussions on these topics in the September 2002 Development Assistance Committee meeting.
The specific purposes of the Forum were:
To consider results-oriented management approaches in the broader strategic context of the Millennium Development Goals and the increased priority given to aid effectiveness.
To discuss experiences with managing for development results at the operational level, both from a partner and donor perspective, and to identify the key lessons learned so far.
To discuss linkages between management reform initiatives in the donor community and results oriented public management reforms in partner countries.
To identify the implications for development management of the above.
The Forum explored performance management practices, especially attempts by donors and partners to assess the results of their activities. In particular, it considered the implications for two main aspects of development management, namely the experiences of donor agencies in becoming more results-focused, and the experiences of public sector reforms at partner country level. The Programme gives detailed information about the structure of the discussions. The Forum also considered the implications of managing for results in both project-based approaches and programme-based approaches such as SWAps.
Session 1 - The Strategic Context
Session II - Managing for Results at the Operational Level (Panel Sessions)
Panel 1: Making development agencies more results focused: key issues and experiences.
Chair: Mr Patrick Cronin, Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Co-ordination, USAID
Panel members include:
Panel 2: Results management in the context of public sector reform in developing countries and improved development effectiveness.
Chair: Mr Roberto Abusada, Director, Instituto Peruano de Economía, Peru
Panel members include:
Mr Mario Marcel, Director of the Budget, Chile (Presentation
Mr Paschal B. Assey, National Programme Coordinator, Poverty Eradication Initiatives Programme, Vice President’s Office, Tanzania
Dr Victor Wee, Senior Director of Macroeconomics and Evaluation Section, Prime Ministers’ Department, Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia
Mr Rob D. van den Berg, Chair of the DAC Working Party on Aid Evaluation and Director, Policy and Operations Evaluation Department, the Netherlands
Session III - Implications for Management
Chair: Mr. Jean-Claude Faure
Linking the results agenda with development management reform initiatives, including the DAC Task Force on Donor Practices, by Richard Manning, Director-General, DfID. (Presentation )
Two discussants launched the discussion: Mr Juan Facetti, Paraguay and a DAC Member.
The follow-up report to the Forum focuses on the implications of the results agenda on public sector management, measurement and reporting issues, public accountability and Donor-Partner co-ordination. It was published in the Development Co-operation Report, Volume 4, No 1.
Room Document 1 - Reponses to a request for information on members' programmes
Room Document 2 - Powerpoint Presentation by Mr Kono (JBIC)
Room Document 3 and Annex - Guidelines for the use of indicators in country performance assessment