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As this is an issue of increasing importance, an evaluation of experiences with civil society engagement in policy dialogue in Bangladesh, Mozambique and Uganda was launched in 2011. The three countries were chosen for study based on the scope of CSO support from the commissioning donors, their differing contexts and the locations of previous CSO evaluations.
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The evaluation recommended that Australian law and justice assistance programmes adopts more modest and specific goals, based on analysis of what is achievable in the country’s political, economic, social and geographical context
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This evaluation examines in what circumstances the Fund is viewed as a trusted advisor to its member countries. It uses evidence gathered since 2005, but emphasizes the period since the onset of the global crisis in 2007–08. Because the concept of trusted advisor is “in the eyes of the beholder,” the evaluation derives the main attributes from country authorities themselves.
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What does emerge strongly from the evidence base is that payment-by-results needs to be implemented as part of a package that includes other forms of supports and services. The underlying complexity of each intervention presents a serious challenge to implementation and evaluation, inhibiting meaningful generalisation without identification of the specific mechanisms at play.
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Ireland is a long-standing partner to Lesotho. It is the only European mission of five bilateral missions that remain in Lesotho and as such the relationship is said to be highly valued by the Government of Lesotho. Moving the relationship between Ireland and Lesotho to a more strategic level requires clear identification of areas where strategic co-operation is possible.
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The evaluations clearly show that the projects and programmes themselves cannot influence overall political conditions, nor are they able to change local, much less national, power structures. That also means they must be able to adjust to swiftly changing conditions in order to retain their development policy-relevance.
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DFID conducted an impact assessment to understand how the activities funded by the Darfur Community Peace and Security Fund (DCPSF) are contributing to stabilizing communities in its target areas, especially in relation to the engagement of women and the young. This current impact assessment is commissioned by DFID for its own evaluation purposes and its findings will be shared with other donors contributing to the DCPSF.
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The purpose of the fifth meta-evaluation since 1991 was to analyse and draw lessons from the projects evaluations of 2010 and 2011. It compared the findings with 2 previous meta-analysis and 2 other evaluations. OECD/DAC and EU quality standards, as well as many cross-cutting type objectives where used as criteria. The novelty in this meta-evaluation was to study projects of the ten evaluation reports included in the sample.
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Restless Development Sierra Leone has implemented the Youth Reproductive Health Program (YRHP) for five years (2007 to 2012), with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The project is rooted in the unique Restless Development peer-to-peer behavioural change model and harnesses the potential of ex-volunteers to sustain awareness raising campaigns.
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In 2009-10, IMF Management advanced the argument that excessive reserve accumulation was jeopardizing the stability of the international monetary system. This evaluation traces the evolution of this thinking, in particular how it relates to the Fund’s longerstanding concern about the risks from global imbalances, and discusses reasons for the shift towards stressing the risks posed by excessive reserve accumulation.