• 4-March-2016

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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.

  • 3-March-2016

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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.

  • 18-February-2016

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    What Works for Market Development: A Review of the Evidence

    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.

  • 10-December-2015

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    The African Development Bank: Ready to Face the Challenges of a Changing Africa?

    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.

  • 8-December-2015

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    Youth, Entrepreneurship and Development

    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.

  • 8-December-2015

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    Concentration Difficulties? An analysis of Swedish Aid Proliferation

    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.

  • 7-December-2015

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    Rethininking Civil Society and Support for Democracy

    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.

  • 2-March-2015

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    International Party Assistance – what do we know about the effects?

    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?

  • 12-November-2014

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    Sweden's development assistance for health - policy options to support the global health 2035 goals

    This report begins with a short summary of the five key findings of Global Health 2035 including a discussion of the Commission on Investing in Health's vision for the future of development assistance for health. This is followed by a set of aims for this current study. It also proposes a new classification of development assistance for health that be helpful in discussions of the role of external assistance in the post-2015 era

  • 12-November-2014

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    Randomized controlled trials: strengths, weaknesses and policy relevance

    The general purpose of this report is to offer an input into the ongoing debate on evaluation and effectiveness of Swedish foreign aid. More specifically, the focus lies on the role of so called Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) in evaluations of impact of aid financed activities.

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