Peer reviews of DAC members

Lessons from peer reviews

 

How effectively do donors manage their development programmes?

The peer review process is a unique experience for learning about the characteristics of effective development co-operation systems, in the light of internationally agreed standards, commitments and principles (the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action).

 

Collectively, these reviews cover the full range of aid management challenges for DAC members from policy to delivery. In an effort to make donor action more coherent and effective, and to improve accountability, co-ordination, learning and evaluation, these reviews attempt a critical, helpful and respectful commentary on practices by DAC members. It is aprocess that seeks a common understanding of aid practice and provides regular feedback on innovative ways in which donors have made progress towards more effective aid management.

 

Key lessons from peer reviews have been developed in the following areas:

 

 Evaluating Development Activities

As development co-operation faces ever increasing pressures to demonstrate results, donors and partner governments need credible, timely evidence to inform their programmes and improve performance. Evaluation has a critical role to play in providing such evidence.  New methodologies and ways of working are being developed to better understand what works, why and under what circumstances and improve mutual accountability. The 12 lessons on Evaluating Development Activities are aimed at strengthening evaluation for better learning and decision-making.

 Partnering with Civil Society

These 12 lessons are based on evidence and experience, and identify common ground for dialogue and action while respecting the distinctive objectives and roles of official donors and CSOs. They focus on how DAC members and CSOs can create stronger, balanced partnerships to reach common development goals.

 
 

Supporting Partners to Develop their Capacity

This booklet draws out some common themes or lessons regarding capacity development from these peer reviews, including technical co-operation which is one of the main forms of DAC members’ assistance to partner countries.

 

Towards Better Humanitarian Donorship

Donors are implementing the GHD principles in different ways, dealing with various realities and building on individual comparative advantage, to deliver principled and effective humanitarian funding as best they can.

 

 

 Managing Aid: Practices of DAC Member Countries

With the manager and practitioner in mind, this book makes recommendations to donors on how to grow, strengthen or consolidate their programmes.

 

 Effective Aid Management: Twelve Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews

Accompanied by specific examples of donor practices, these are organised around the broad categories of strategy, organisational management and management of aid delivery.

 

 

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