Governance and development

Governance assessments and development

 

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To understand the impact of governance on development is becoming more of a priority, tools to assess the scope and volume are indispensable. GOVNET analyses governance assessment tools and their use in an effort to share experience, reduce the risks of duplicating assessments which entail high transaction costs, and promote more coherent collective action in line with the Paris Declaration principles.

 

 Reducing the risk of duplication

 

An initial survey of donors in 2008 pointed to the risk of frequent duplication and overlap between governance assessment tools, as well as the need to improve practice with regard to greater reliance on partner country assessment processes. The survey also shed light on why and how donors make their own assessments and on the possibility of harmonising donor approaches to assessing governance. GOVNET has initiated dialogue between donors, partners, and practitioners involved in governance assessments to address these issues.

 

 Developing guiding principles

 

Guiding Principles for Enhanced Impact, Usage and Harmonisation (pdf, 577 kB) were developed in 2009 to respond to the issues and concerns raised, in order to improve donor impact, usage and harmonisation of governance assessment.

 

The principles provide practical advice to governance specialists who encounter the challenges of governance and governance assessments every day. A survey will be launched to assess donor’s performance against these principles.

 

 Providing practical advice for governance practitioners

 

To complement the principles to help practitioners navigate the tools and methodologies available in their field, GOVNET developed a sourcebook that compiles existing donor methodologies and includes links to other related sources.

 

To access the documents listed here in full, please refer to the list of publications and further reading.

 

 

 

 

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