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One way to improve and strengthen aid, according to a number of international aid agencies, is to support recipient governments to ‘take ownership’ of aid activities. In arguing for a stronger ownership of development and aid processes, the focus has primarily been on recipient governments rather than the local populations in villages, towns and cities that are the ultimate target group and end users of most development aid.
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The evaluation was conducted internally by the IMF in consultation with DFID. EDDI is a five-year project implemented by the IMF to improve macroeconomic statistics in 25 African countries. The mid-point of a five-year project is an appropriate time for all stakeholders of the project to step back and take stock of what has been accomplished in the first half of the project, what has gone well, what aspects have been disappointing.
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Improved outcomes for women and children as more education, lower fertility rates, higher nutritional status, and lower incidence of illness, among other outcomes, have broad benefits. After more than a decade of effort, these goals have proved difficult to attain and are unlikely to be achieved by 2015.
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Seeking to achieve a participatory approach to development has been the focus of much donor attention, as well as an expressed objective for the governments of many developing countries. The overall objective of which is to develop and pilot test a methodological framework that can be used by international development agencies to improve understanding of the importance of local ownership and participation for aid effectiveness.
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The two objectives of the external evaluation were to assess the impacts of ECA’s sub-programme interventions in strengthening/enhancing capacities of Member States (MS), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Union and its Secretariat and to assess the extent to which the successful results/impacts of ECA’s sub-programmes can be attributed to the Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) mechanism.
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The main objectives of the evaluation were provision of an independent assessment to the Commission of the EU and to the wider public of the Commission`s past and current co-operation relations with Malawi.
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The evaluation found some highly successful interventions that have helped situate UNDP as an important partner. UNDP has done exemplary work in supporting elections, strengthening communities to hold the Government accountable, empowering women for financial inclusion and managing disasters.
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The major lesson in Malawi is that strong economic and political leadership to reform is critical to ensuring smooth adoption of PD principles especially national ownership.
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This summative evaluation of the Malawi Program had three main objectives, a summative review of the Malawi Program investments, an assessment of the performance of the various delivery mechanisms and a forward looking analysis of findings and lessons to inform future programming.
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The evaluation report gives an overview of the support from 2000 to 2008, with a closer look at three countries - Ethiopia, Malawi and Nepal. The report shows that 60 cultural heritage projects were supported during this periode.