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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



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This book is a practical, easy to read guide for development organisations looking to diversify their funding base. It offers a step by step approach to creating a funding strategy; an overview of the different types of funding sources available; and considers ethical fundraising principles specifically from a Christian viewpoint. There are also suggestion as to how the material might be adapted to a workshop setting. Case studies from local NGOs in developing countries provide real life examples of fundraising and the lessons learned. This resource is also available online in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Reaching out? donor reponses to faith-based organisations in the reponse to HIV/AIDS

WEAVER, Richard

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This briefing paper summarises the complexity of the impact of HIV and AIDS, especially on children; highlights the responses by faith based organisations (FBOs) to those affected by HIV and AIDS; analyses current responses by donors to FBOs in the context of HIV and AIDS; and makes recommendations for the UK's Department for International Development and other donors to ensure that those working effectively at a local level are provided with appropriate support. The focus is on organisations with a Christian basis of faith, although it is acknowledged that FBOs with other faith bases also carry out valuable work

'If it doesn't fit on the blue square it's out! ' An open letter to my donor friend | Inclusive aid : changing power relations in international development

WIN, Everjoice

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This is a critique, by a Zimbabwean activist, of donor reporting procedures and the way that learning is defined and created to meet the needs of donors rather than what is appropriate for local use. It is written as a letter from Win to someone who first visited Zimbabwe as an enthusiastic student volunteer, willing to learn ‘with’ local people, but whose attitude has changed over the years, and now that she is working for a donor foundation is no longer open to new ideas. Win explains the problems that arise from having to simplify difficult contextual realities so that they fit into the logical framework and reporting formats required by donors, and she questions their motivation because such formats do not facilitate learning at a local level. She asks her donor friend to meet her half way suggesting that donors need to be more open to the vision, language and procedures of local activists and more flexible in their requirements so that they can adapt their procedures to local ways of doing things

CEDAW made easy : question & answer booklet


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This booklet gives a snapshot view of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It aims to raise awareness of the rights to which women are entitled under CEDAW so that the convention can be used to bring about concrete improvements in the lives of women. It is intended as a resource for women’s human rights advocates, government officials, students, teachers, practitioners and anyone who wants to know more about women’s rights

Synergies through linkages : who benefits from linking finance and business development services?


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This paper examines how finance and business development services (BDS) can be linked. It demonstrates how synergies can be created for the three main groups: micro and small enterprises, financial institutions, and BDS providers. It highlights that the linkage must be context dependent with case studies provided. This would be useful for practitioners, development agencies and governments interested in linking finance and BDS

Inclusive security, sustainable peace : a toolkit for advocacy and action


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This toolkit, is intended to enable women to engage in peacebuilding and security processes, and can be used as a reference guide, for training and awareness-raising; or to enhance understanding of Security Council Resolution 1325 and other relevant international agreements, instruments and institutions. It has sections on: the broad conceptual framework of peace, accountability and rights; key international policies and legal mechanisms; and human rights, and there are chapters on: conflict prevention, resolution and reconstruction; security issues; justice, governance and civil society; and protecting vulnerable groups

Road safety and health


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This report from the World Health Assembly recognises that road traffic injuries are a public health problem and advocates for prevention initiatives on road safety and health. It highlights 13 recommendations for member states and eight requests to the Director-General. This paper is useful to those interested in road traffic injuries and road safety
World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland
17-22 May 2004

Inter-agency guiding principles on unaccompanied and separated children

et al
January 2004

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This publication outlines the guiding principles which form the basis for action when children are unaccompanied, become separated from their families or other adults who they know, or are orphaned in disaster situations, armed conflicts or other crises. The guiding principles are intended primarily for national, international and non-governmental organizations and other associations concerned with separated children. They are also designed to assist governments and donors in meeting their obligations and taking funding decisions

The PRSP approach : a basic guide for CARE International


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A Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) is a national plan of action for tackling poverty. It is generally the basis for IMF and World Bank lending to poor countries. It involves addressing poverty through a process of ample participation of beneficiaries, which should result in greater aid effectiveness. The document highlights some of the benefits of this approach, in the form of country ownership, institutional reforms and donor behaviour. The paper outlines both the technical basics and the political dimension of this approach

UK AIDS aid : an analysis of DFID HIV/AIDS expenditure

JANJUA, Harinder
November 2003

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This report collates available evidence to determine how much the UK government is currently spending on HIV/AIDS in developing countries and countries in transition. It points out that a desire to see HIV/AIDS mainstreamed within development work is inconsistent with a desire for clear vertical budget lines. It makes recommendations for future campaign demands and for DFID's statements on its spending

Making evaluation results count : internalising evidence by learning [whole issue]

CARLSSON, Charlotte
August 2003

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Evaluations are perceived as learning opportunities and this document looks at some key ideas around how to improve the internalisation of evaluation results at different levels. Explores the relationship between learning and evaluation on three levels: in development policy and programming, in organisations, and in society at large. Considers the various different purposes of evaluation, what is meant by 'learning', and who should be learning. Describes some lessons around creating the conditions for effective learning, evaluation policy and practice, evaluators and professionalism, the need for further research and the value of south-south and south-north exchange.
The paper draws on a workshop called 'How can we learn from what we do? Evaluation and evidence-based communications for development'. There are questions raised within an institutional setting around who should learn, why should they learn and how should they set about it?

Intergovernmental negotiations and decision making at the United Nations : the NGLS guide for NGOs

June 2003

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This is an overview of the intergovernmental negotiating and decision making process of the United Nations. It includes chapters on a range of related topics including: a guide to NGO participation, the decision making apparatus, and the follow up and implementation process. This resource would be useful for anyone with an interest in international organisations, intergovernmental negotiations and decision making

Some realities behind the rhetoric of downward accountability

CHAPMAN, Jennifer
April 2003

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This paper argues that while UK NGOs and donors claim to support downward accountability and promote local ownership and control of development, the policies and procedures that surround the disbursement and accounting for aid money ensure upward accountability dominates. This domination is part of a wider problem of domination by donors of their recipients, which skews the relationship and undermines the potential for these relationships to work well as partnerships

Cowboy diplomacy : how the US undermines international environmental, human rights, disarmament and health agreements


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This document describes the USA's tendency to play a major role in shaping treaties, and then not sign them, or sign and then ignore its obligations. Examples include the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Landmine Ban Treaty, and the verification protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention. This threatens international law and cooperation, the environment, human rights and public health. The report covers several examples in detail, and the implications this has for the negotiations around the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

Label us able : proactive evaluation of Finnish development co-operation in disability issues


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The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs evaluates with this report its development policies for disabled people. This report looks at the last ten years of Finnish development co-operation and how a maximum impact on human rights and social development can be achieved.
The four parts of the report investigate the main Finnish policies, the major findings and how disability can be mainstreamed into development issues.
This evaluation report is valuable for international NGOs, disabled people's organisations and policy advisors who are looking for ways to mainstream disability

Equal opportunities for people with disabilities : a European Action plan


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This paper is one of the outcomes of the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003. It sets the frame for the work on a multi-annual Action Plan for the EU. The major issues of this paper are accessibility for employment, lifelong learning, the value of new technologies and accessibility of the environment

Inclusive education : achieving education for all by including those with disabilities and special education needs


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This report approaches inclusive education from a holistic perspective. It takes into consideration policy aspects, the philosophy behind education in general and the historic developments in the fields of education and special needs education.
The report highlights best practice examples and lessons from the north and the south. It also describes the different international frameworks, the economic and policy implications of education for all.
It concludes that inclusive education requires decentralisation, the allocation of sufficient financial resources, accessibility and participation and must be set into the general Human Rights framework