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The South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative was established to help improve food and nutrition security in South Asia, home to the largest number of poor people in the world. The initiative particularly sought to address the “South Asia Enigma”: chronic and widespread under-nutrition in South Asia coexisting with sustained rapid economic growth. The
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This Rapid Review is designed to provide timely feedback on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the United Kingdom Government’s response. While not a comprehensive assessment, this review aims to draw out key messages from observations and interactions with intended beneficiaries and humanitarian actors to promote learning by DFID and its partners.
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Since 2009/10, there has been a drive within the Department for International Development (DFID)to strengthen the evidence base upon which policy and programme decisions are made. The primary purpose of this review is to inform DFID and the international development evaluation community of the progress made and the challenges and opportunities encountered in embedding evaluation across the organisation.
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The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) undertook a review of DFID’s trade development work in Southern Africa during the first half of 2013. We reviewed two programmes: the £100 million TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA) and the £9 million regional component of the Mozambique Regional Gateway Programme. Our fieldwork raised a number of serious concerns about TMSA’s ability to achieve impact.
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency(UNRWA)provides support to 4.9 million refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. The Department for International Development (DFID) is UNRWA's fourth largest donor. This review assesses the impact of DFID’s support on Palestine refugees, the effectiveness of DFID’s engagement with UNRWA and focuses on UNRWA’s provision of support to refugees (except Syria).
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The evaluation was conducted internally by the IMF in consultation with DFID. EDDI is a five-year project implemented by the IMF to improve macroeconomic statistics in 25 African countries. The mid-point of a five-year project is an appropriate time for all stakeholders of the project to step back and take stock of what has been accomplished in the first half of the project, what has gone well, what aspects have been disappointing.
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UK Government is committed to providing reasonable assistance to Montserrat and to supporting developments which will reduce aid dependency. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office(FCO) leads and DFID provides financial and development support. This review assesses how the UK Government manages its aid to Montserrat, with a particular focus on DFID’s capital investment projects.
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Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a fragile state, one of the poorest countries in Asia, with a long history of political unrest and armed conflict. Following elections in 2010, the country is now undergoing rapid change. The UK is the largest international donor to Burma. This review assesses whether DFID is achieving impact and value for money in Burma through its aid to the health sector.
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This evaluation assesses how effectively the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council responded to the ‘Arab Spring’ through their bilateral aid programmes. Following the wave of democratisation movements that swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from late 2010, the UK Government established the Arab Partnership, with £110 million in programme funds over four years.
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Recognizing the need for a better understanding of the impact of community responses, the World Bank and DfID launched this evaluation in 2009, using a variety of methodologies, instruments, and country settings, the portfolio of 15 studies has produced rich and illuminating results helpful to policymakers, researchers, civil society, and evaluators. This document analyzes and synthesizes the findings.