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Children and adults with disabilities

Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA)
December 2005

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This position paper concerns the processes for mainstreaming disability in development cooperation. Specifically, it is concerned with the ways in which SIDA can ensure that disabled people are active participants in development work and decision-making processes. The paper includes strategic areas for including persons with disabilities in SIDA's policies and programmes (on education, HIV and AIDS, poverty reduction, etc) along with a range of useful resources on global disability rights and websites on disability issues. This paper would be useful to anyone with an interest in mainstreaming disability in development cooperation, and in particular, to policy-makers, NGOs, and disabled people's organisations

ICTs for poverty alleviation : basic tool and enabling sector

November 2005

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This report acknowledges the crucial role that information and communication technologies play in the fight to reduce poverty. It focuses in particular on the impact that "older" technologies such as radio and telephone can have in addressing poor communities' problems. The study investigates the linkages between ICTs and four key areas: education, livelihoods, healthcare and government. It reports on pilot studies which have shown that use of technologies can help reduce child mortality and maternal mortality by nearly 50 per cent. It suggests that ICTs can enable people's empowerment and ultimately strengthen human rights

Stronger evaluation partnerships : the way to keep the practice relevant

April 2004

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This paper argues that recipient countries/organisations do not readily assume ownership of project evaluations, and that they often see them as a burden rather than as a useful tool. The changing context of development cooperation, with a growing share of aid transfers being channelled through multi-donor budget and sector support programmes rather than through single-donor projects, is also raising challenges to the conventional practice of evaluation. The relevance of assessing achieved results compared to the originally stated goals of these programmes is being questioned by some of their managers. This paper suggests that strengthening the partnership around the evaluation would make it more relevant and would increase its impact

Open source in developing countries


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This study discusses the history of open source, how open source works, and why developers contribute to open source. After examining open source markets and business models, it presents a strategy framework and strategy map for developing countries to go down the open source path. Finally, it presents a classification of the current status of developing countries in relation to its IT policy and infrastructure and how a donor agency can assist in exploiting open source to create value in the economy. A case study of Sri Lanka illustrares how the donor action plan, strategy implementation and strategy map all tie together

Looking back, moving forward : SIDA evaluation manual

MOLUND, Stefan

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Evaluation manual for Sida in two parts. The first part reviews central evaluation concepts and discusses roles and relationships in development co-operation evaluations. It also deals with issues in the evaluation of poverty reduction. The second part is a step-by-step account of the evaluation process, beginning with the decision to evaluate and ending with management response and dissemination of results

One step further : responses to HIV/AIDS

December 2002

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This volume, a collaboration of Swedish SIDA and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), presents research on the social and developmental aspects of HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment. The papers highlight treatment and prevention, epidemiological analysis, stigma and discrimination, human rights, the role of the private sector, and community responses and innovative approaches to open discussion of sexuality and risk behaviour