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Evaluation of the EU Support to Environment and Climate Change in Third Countries (2007-2013) - Main report
The support has been relevant at country, regional and global levels, and has paved the way for increased prioritization of environment and climate change in current programming. The combination of thematic and geographic instruments has been reasonably effective in reaching the overarching policy goals. Mainstreaming has been more effective than in earlier periods, but there is still much improvement that can be made.
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The financial and organizational obstacles described in this report limit the AfDB’s ability to take risks in the interests of development in Africa. Despite the AfDB’s many strengths—African ownership and legitimacy, shareholder support, specialized knowledge of African developmental issues—it is at the moment falling short of its potential to catalyze improvements to the living standards and economic opportunities of Africans.
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This report gives an overview of the international research frontier on microfinance, business training, and entrepreneurship, with particular focus on youth and gender empowerment. It provides both a comprehensive overview of the literature and an in-depth analysis of findings. The report discusses the potential and limitations of small-scale business development as a tool for poverty reduction, and informs Swedish development policy.
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One of the major points on the Paris Agenda on aid effectiveness was the negative effects of aid dispersion –too many donors, too many activities in too many recipient countries. In 2007, Sweden launched an ambitious policy of concentrating its bilateral aid in certain groups of partner countries. This report revisits the arguments for why aid dispersion should be reduced and finds them, on balance, to be valid still.
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This report presents an overview of the way that civil society is changing. It highlights the extent to which such activism is focused on a changing set of issues. Civic organisation show great advantages and the potential to contribute to democratic deepening, but they also exhibit clear shortcomings. The challenge will be to harness their positive potential, while designing strategies that can mitigate their less welcome features.
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Independent Evaluation of General Capital Increase VI and African Development Fund 12 and 13 Commitments: Overarching Review
The Sixth General Capital Increase and the African Development Fund replenishments reflected a vote of confidence in the AfDB and its leadership. Overall, the evaluation found a Bank that is on the move. The Bank is delivering its commitments in terms of agreed documents or establishing agreed structures, albeit often late. The Bank is on the road to positive reform, in the direction that both it and its stakeholders want to see.
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The evaluation found that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has struggled with mainstreaming the equal rights for women and men principle into development aid policies. The report calls for increasing gender sensitivity, for analysing women’s specific constraints, needs and priorities. It underlines the importance of a long-term commitment to gender equality coupled with a sensible dose of realism on what effectively can be accomplished.
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This evaluation informs on how the MDG3 Fund has been put into practice and what is known of its results. Looking at the types of activities financed by the Fund, 80% of the projects undertook policy influencing, lobby and advocacy. It is a sub-study of the policy evaluation on women’s rights and gender equality conducted by IOB.
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This report aims to assess what progress the Netherlands has accomplished in putting the UN resolution 1325 into practice. To make this assessment, the report examines the Dutch National Action Plans that were agreed in 2007 and 2011, and the activities undertaken by the signatories to the Plans. It is a sub-study of the policy evaluation on women’s rights and gender equality conducted by IOB.
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This evaluation was one of the three components of an overall evaluation assessing the Bank’s implementation of General Capital Increase and African Development Fund 12th and 13th replenishment commitments. The evaluation assesses the management's efficiency and effectiveness in delivering on its strategic priorities and areas where further improvements may be possible.