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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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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 presents the findings of an evaluation of the response of the Dutch government to the Arab uprisings and its support to: democratisation; the rule of law; and economic growth. The Ministry funded a range of projects, however, less support was provided to governments in transition than to civil society. Findings show that the implementation of support to Arab countries is far from easy because of the volatile context.
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The overall purpose of the evaluation was learning from the support to business advocacy in Ghana in order to draw lessons for future support there and for similar programmes in other countries. It is expected that the findings of the evaluation will provide an input to the preparation of the next phase of Danish support to private sector development in Ghana.
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The overall objective of the B2B Programme was to contribute to poverty reduction by promoting economic growth and social development in developing countries.The Evaluation of the B2B Programme has the dual purpose of assessing and documenting the B2B Programme as well as providing lessons for future implementation of Danida Business Partnerships.
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The Responsible and Accountable Garment Sector Challenge Fund (RAGS) was designed by DFID to support projects aimed at improving conditions of vulnerable workers in the ready-made garment production sector. RAGS supported 12 projects in four countries, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Lesotho, by providing matching grants to organisations concerned with labour conditions in the garment sector in developing countries.
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In search of focus and effectiveness : Policy review of Dutch support for private sector development 2005-2012
Private sector development became an increasingly central focus of Dutch development policy from 2010 onwards. The international literature about bottlenecks in private sector development states the importance of a stimulating investment climate for the private sector. But what is known about the results of the Dutch policy? This policy review is looking into the results of the Dutch development policy on private sector development.
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In recent years, there has been a loss of interest in the Program and a general decline in demand for CIDA-INC support from Canadian companies. The evaluation points to several factors explaining this decline including: a strong North American economy, the evolving developmental priorities of CIDA and the reduction in the number of emerging countries eligible for CIDA-INC funding.
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This evaluation process fully involved key partner institutions in the Caribbean, such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Caribbean Development Bank, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, selected governments, NGOs, and international development partners. The evaluation work was carried out between July and December 2003.