With the Biden-Harris administration’s release of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, the United States has taken an unprecedented step in seeking to close gender gaps at home and abroad. In light of persistent gender inequalities, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers across the globe need to ensure an inclusive recovery: — one that makes gender equality central to building back better and to long-term development efforts. The strategy is an important step toward achieving this goal.
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Here we highlight four elements of Administrator Power's agenda, identify potential challenges on the horizon, and offer suggestions for realizing (and measuring) meaningful progress.
In two new papers published today, we document some uncomfortable facts about how official development assistance (ODA) is distributed across countries at different income levels and levels of poverty—even among members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), and how poorly informed senior and mid-ranking donor officials are about this.
Aligning the Researcher’s Toolkit with the Policymaker’s Priorities: A Menu of Strategies for Faster, Lower-Cost Impact Evaluations
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage and public funding is increasingly scarce, the need for high-quality, timely evidence on the effectiveness of public programs has never been clearer. In this blog, we share a top-line summary of the methodological and data advances alongside recommendations for how to harness their potential to move the field forward. And on September 29, we’ll host Isaksson and other speakers for a CGD seminar to discuss the paper and related topics in more detail—we hope you’ll join us.
Today, we are excited to launch a background paper by our colleague Abeba Taddese that explores how these partnerships work, barriers that hinder progress, and ideas for what funders can do to help advance partnership models (alongside a complementary piece focused on rapid rigorous evaluations). The paper, based primarily on desk research supplemented with expert interviews, is not meant to be an exhaustive review of all partnership models, but to examine illustrative examples and draw out insights that could be useful for rethinking how development funders channel support going forward.
How committed are countries to aid effectiveness? This blog accompanies a recent working paper on the effectiveness of international development aid and lays out indicator for measuring the quality of official development assistance.
The capacity for donors to evaluate and learn from development activities is crucial for supporting evidence-based decision-making and ultimately, aid effectiveness. This blog post sets out a new approach to scoring agencies on their evaluation and learning and are keen to get feedback on the proposed approach.
In its 15 years of operation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has, in many ways, set a new standard for evaluation and learning.
Today, USAID took a big step forward on a new effort that could make a real difference to the agency’s impact and cost-effectiveness.