What lies beneath? A critical assessment of PPPs and their impact on sustainable development

María José Romero

Donor governments and financial institutions, such as the World Bank, are increasingly promoting public-private partnerships (PPPs), as a way to finance development projects. This report looks at the empirical and theoretical evidence on the nature and impact of PPPs based on experiences in Tanzania and Peru to assess whether they deliver on their promises. The report has ...» more

Evaluation of the strategy for support via Swedish civil society organisations 2010-2014

Jethro Pettit et al.

In what ways has Swedish support to civil society actors in developing countries enabled poor and discriminated people to improve their living conditions and quality of life?  This evaluation report shares a range of internal and external factors that have contributed to the effectiveness of Sida's civil society support strategy via Swedish CSOs 2010-2014 . It finds that ...» more

The closing space challenge: how are funders responding?

Thomas Carothers

How is the  international aid community responding to the perceived major threat to Western support for civil society development in many parts of the world? This paper looks at how Western funders are responding to closing civil society space measures, highlighting the need for more in-depth research, and increased collaboration between bilaterals, multilaterals and private ...» more

Building resilience in Nepal through public-private partnerships

World Economic Forum

The extent and complexity of the natural risks Nepal faces mean that a multi-stakeholder approach to resilience is vital. How can we build on, and leverage, the capabilities and capacities for resilience in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society?  This use case assesses how buildings and key parts of the economy, such as tourism, can be made more resilient, ...» more

Projecting progress: reaching the SDGs by 2030

Susan Nicolai, Chris Hoy, Tom Berliner, Thomas Aedy

How much more effort will be needed to reach the new Sustainable Development Goals? At the time when the focus moves from negotiation to implementation, this paper gathers the best available global projections and finds that unless significant changes are made to how we approach them, the 17 goals will not be met. A call for action rather than a prediction of failure, it ...» more

Global humanitarian assistance report 2015

Development Initiatives

The spotlight is on financing to address crisis, vulnerability and risk as never before. This report provides the evidence to better understand how to meet the urgent challenge of meeting rising humanitarian needs with limited resources, and to inform the number of global processes taking place in 2015 and 2016 including Financing for Development and the World Humanitarian ...» more

Towards a more effective early warning system in the horn of Africa


What are the lessons to be learnt and opportunities for improving CEWARN’s functionality as it implements and reviews its new strategy for 2012–2019?   This report recognises how far CEWARN has come since 2002 when there was no mechanism in place and now, where it operates differently in 6 countries across the region in response to the context. It also highlights the critical ...» more

Impact of multilateral organisations on humanitarian outcomes

Even with strong evidence on programme impact, it is hard to attribute humanitarian results directly to multilateral organisations’ (MLOs) or specific forms of aid architecture. In an emergency context, there tend to be many actors and interventions and it is difficult to show a direct chain of causality between specific funding streams or organisations and results. The key ...» more

Improving development aid design and evaluation: Plan for sailboats, not trains

Rachel Kleinfeld

How do reforms that require political engagement differ from traditional technical reforms? Why is political engagement different, and what are the implications for design and evaluation? How should development programmes that engage politics be designed? And how can those who fund or implement such programmes evaluate whether their efforts are contributing to reform? This ...» more

Climate finance and public finance management

Much attention has been directed at the international commitments to assist developing countries respond to climate change. This is reflected in the debate over the commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: at the UNFCCC negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries committed to jointly mobilise $100 billion climate finance per…» more

Developmental regimes in Africa: Initiating and sustaining developmental regimes in Africa

David Booth (Ed.)

This report synthesises findings from the Developmental Regimes in Africa project. Among the findings is that leadership transitions that maintain economic growth seem to require the presence of either a governing party with a tradition of consensual decision-making, or a state bureaucracy that can insulate policy from political leadership changes. Analysis suggests that ...» more

Did Aid Promote Democracy in Africa? The Role of Technical Assistance in Africa’s Transitions

Clark Gibson, Barak Hoffman, Ryan Jablonski

This paper argues that while aid has increased resources available for patronage in earlier periods, it also increased the extent to which donors paid attention to government spending and corruption, making it more costly for governments to use foreign aid for patronage. Specifically, it argues that when donors invest in policies that increase monitoring, measured using ...» more

Capacity building in the Ministry of Interior in fragile and post-conflict countries

This report reviews the literature engaging with a key issue, the reform of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in fragile and post-conflict countries. While MoI reform is crucial to the success of Security Sector Reform (SSR), as it enables management and oversight of the internal security forces, it has often been neglected by international actors and by the SSR literature. The ...» more

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

Tshidi Moilwa

Civil Society Organisations from the BRICS countries and Mexico are leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. New research shows how these initiatives are promoting social accountability, supporting post-disaster reconstruction and effectively sharing rural and urban development knowledge. Given this experience and expertise, these ...» more

Assessing the added value of strategic funding to civil society

This IELG-commissioned study looks at the strengths and challenges of strategic (unrestricted) funding across 37 organisations drawing on Independent Progress Reviews carried out for DFID’s PPA funding recipients after the first 18 months. It seeks to understand the added value of this funding for CSOs, their impact populations, funders and the wider development sector. The key ...» more

The scope, role and impact of publicly supported private finance on development and poverty reduction in Africa: the case of Rwanda and Zambia.

African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)

Support from development finance institutions (DFIs) and donor governments to the private sector in developing countries has increased in the last decade. This study explores the scope, role and impact of publicly supported private finance (PSPF) in Rwanda and Zambia between 2000 and 2013. It argues that there is need for Zambia and Rwanda to develop and adopt a PSPF framework ...» more

The shape and sustainability of Turkey’s booming humanitarian assistance

Andrea Binder

What do we know about Turkey’s rapidly increasing humanitarian engagement? This article analyses the most important foreign and domestic policy issues and actors influencing Turkish humanitarian assistance. It questions the sustainability and scalability of current aid levels and calls for a more informed approach to working with various Turkish actors. The paper draws on: ...» more