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This report addresses the question of what we can learn from evaluations undertaken in programmes focusing on education. Key conclusions in the report stress the importance of context, effective inclusion of the surrounding community and taking complexity into account in the analysis of the aid relation. The report concludes that delivering computers, school books, more teachers and schools is rarely enough to achieve expected results.
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Education in Developing Countries – What Policies and Programmes Affect Learning and Time in School?
This report provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of the recent research on education policies, programmes and interventions in developing countries. The report aims to provide a tool to policy makers and aid agencies who wish to use the most rigorous and reliable research in the field to direct investment in the education sector.
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Evaluation of Policy Dialogue as an Instrument in Swedish Development Cooperation - the case of Gender Equality
Despite some flaws, policy dialogue has been an effective tool overall. Swedish embassies have been able to use it in diverse contexts to help achieve Sweden’s development co-operation objectives. There is also clear evidence it has contributed to increased gender equality, particularly regarding development or revision of gender-specific laws. It had the least effect in terms of governments increasing resources for gender equality.
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Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation – has Sweden Incorporated the UN Guiding Principles
The study finds examples of policy commitments to improved human rights practices by companies as well as diligent efforts in agencies and State-owned companies. The observed good practices by the State institutions appear to reflect results of systematic efforts with regards to implementation of human rights commitments. This is due to internal work in the institutions and not to specific requirements posed by the State ministries.
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This pre-study aims to inform Sida of the evidence of what works for market development and the results frameworks and results chains derived from it. Secondly, it identifies where the gaps in the evidence are and, based on this, makes recommendations as to what Sida should focus on in evaluating its market development portfolio. It focuses on private sector development, financial sector development, trade, and the use of instruments.
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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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The purpose of this study is to review the findings of research on international party assistance and evaluation reports of donor institutions. Hence, the aim of the paper is to provide an answer to the question: What do we know about the effects of international assistance to political parties in new democracies?