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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.
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DFID uses private sector contractors to assist in delivering aid, accounting for 9% of its aid expenditure in 2011-12. Their roles range from procuring equipment to providing technical advice, to delivering programmes. This report focuses on contractor programme delivery, likely to remain an important option for DFID given its increasing budget and focus on fragile and conflict states.
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This report examines the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) – one of the principal mechanisms through which it funds civil society organisations(CSOs). Through the PPAs, DFID supports CSOs that share its objectives and have strong delivery capacity.
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What does emerge strongly from the evidence base is that payment-by-results needs to be implemented as part of a package that includes other forms of supports and services. The underlying complexity of each intervention presents a serious challenge to implementation and evaluation, inhibiting meaningful generalisation without identification of the specific mechanisms at play.
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DFID conducted an impact assessment to understand how the activities funded by the Darfur Community Peace and Security Fund (DCPSF) are contributing to stabilizing communities in its target areas, especially in relation to the engagement of women and the young. This current impact assessment is commissioned by DFID for its own evaluation purposes and its findings will be shared with other donors contributing to the DCPSF.
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Restless Development Sierra Leone has implemented the Youth Reproductive Health Program (YRHP) for five years (2007 to 2012), with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The project is rooted in the unique Restless Development peer-to-peer behavioural change model and harnesses the potential of ex-volunteers to sustain awareness raising campaigns.
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The Department for International Development of UK commissioned a formative evaluation to provide an early read on the coverage, effectiveness and likelihood of the current programme portfolio achieving DFID-Z’s Gender Vision Strategy. This report provides a theory of change relating to the ‘Road for Empowerment of women and girls in Zambia’.
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At a policy level, DFID has a clear focus for its engagement with the EU. There is limited evidence, however, of DFID’s influence on the delivery of EU aid on the ground. Co-operation with the EU centrally is good but the EU is treated by DFID’s country offices as another donor rather than as a route for achieving DFID’s goals.
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The 18-month pilot programme, International Citizen Service (ICS) supported young British citizens to contribute to development through international volunteering and generated knowledge to inform future youth volunteering programmes. The ICS pilot programme was both innovative and highly ambitious in seeking to demonstrate and understand how diverse cohorts of young volunteers can achieve development impacts.