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The study’s main conclusion is that, relative to the significant funds expended on Public Finance Management (PFM) reform over the study period, success has been largely disappointing. The most substantial progress was found in a stronger legislative base.
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The findings show that between 2000 and 2010 Malawi has made significant strides in improving its Public Financial Management (PFM) systems and that these improvements can be traced to direct PFM inputs by donors and government.
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In summary. the findings show that between 2001-2011, Burkina Faso has been successful in delivering results from its Public Financial Management reforms. Major improvements have been attained across all areas of the PFM system, with the one exception of external scrutiny and audit.
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Donor funding for PFM reform has facilitated its implementation in those countries where the context and mechanisms were right for success, and where external funding was focused on the Government’s reform programme.
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Agricultural water management projects present particular challenges and therefore require very careful planning, design, and execution to avoid failures or leave the beneficiaries worse off.
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The underlying reasons for failure are often related to competing leadership priorities, such as the MDGs, aid effectiveness and governance agendas to name a few, which have crowded out mainstreaming gender equality.
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This report summarizes the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an independent evaluation of the “Paris Declaration Implementation at the African Development Bank”.
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The evaluation concluded that the Bank has made substantial progress in its use of Polic-Based Operations, moving away from past dependence on the IMF and the World Bank for design of its engagement in structural adjustment operations
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The overall assessment by the report was highly positive. Bank support was judged to have played an important role in supporting policy reform and institutional strengthening.
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The report found that the degree of harmonisation and alignment of policy-based operations has improved significantly over the evaluation period. Policy dialogue and strategic engagement by the Rwanda field office also improved.