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SARID (Sustainable Agriculture Research for International Development) was a successful programme. It produced high quality science; there was more movement towards developmental impact in some projects than expected; and participants themselves, both scientists and stakeholders, viewed it as successful and well-run. It provided a unique opportunity to link fundamental research through to its application in developing countries.
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The evaluation of the Public Policy Information, Monitoring and Advocacy (PPIMA) project evaluating the relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the programme. This civil society support project aimed at strengthening the interest among Rwandan civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens in public policy affairs.
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The evaluation rates ADB’s overall performance successful as ADB’s three country strategies during the evaluation period (1994–2010) identified the right objectives consistent with ADB’s corporate strategies and with the government’s priorities in addressing the country’s major constraints.
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Danish support has been in line with Afghan needs. Despite the challenge of on-budget support in the early 2000s the strategic decision to work closely with the new Government has had great value. Denmark is, consequently, seen as a trusted partner.
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The review found that UNDP has clearly attempted to support national efforts spearheaded by the government to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, working with the Governance Commission, relevant ministries and subsequently established targeted commissions.
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Projects were selected for support largely on their individual merit, rather than with a view to building a portfolio of complementary activities that contribute as a whole to the achievement of the program's objectives. This lack of a clear portfolio approach, has at times led to some duplication of activities.
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Austria has committed herself within a framework of international agreements to gender equality and women’s empowerment through gender mainstreaming. The relevance of the gender policy document itself appears to be rather limited. Austrian Development Cooperation staff do know it, but do not use it for providing guidance for their work.
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The Australian aid program has played a prominent role in responding to HIV in Papua New Guinea since 1995. The Office of Development Effectiveness conducted a major independent evaluation into AusAID’s contribution to the response.
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The independent evaluation found varied results looking at farm income and household consumption. In addition, although the evaluation was not originally designed to test whether or not farm investments increased as a result of the training and increase in farm income, the evaluators did look at changes in investments in mobile and fixed capital in order to potentially explain why they were not finding changes in household consumption.
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The evaluation of the level of effectiveness, because of the limits of the formulation of objectives and indicators and the absence of verification of the level of benefit achieved, required the utilization of proxy indicators and data (above all, quantitative data from monitoring).