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Impact assessment: from theory to practice

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Viktor JakupecViktor Jakupec, Max KellyMax Kelly
Foreign aid is intended to be a major contributor to poverty reduction. However, significant questions arise as to the capacity for development funding to contribute to human development, through service provision, through advocacy, through actions and interventions that change power relations, change the social and institutional arrangements that reinforce inequality, threaten or reproduce well-being, and prevent the fulfillment of human rights. In conjunction with questions about what aid “does,” there is equal focus on how it does it. Questions of efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, social license to operate, relevance, and many others are all embedded in contemporary aid discourse and practice. The aim of this volume was to contribute to a critical understanding of Impact Assessment (IA) clearly informed by contemporary development theory and practice. There is a significantly increasing push for impact assessment, across the whole aid architecture. This is exacerbated by a much stronger focus on value for money, and accountability – to taxpayers specifically in the context of public funds, and donors in an increasingly competitive NGO environment. As was noted by many authors, since the GFC, a significant number of donor governments have reduced or are considering funding reduction for bilateral aid agencies and their contributions to multilateral aid agencies. At the same time they imposed a more stringent and rigorous requirement focusing on “aid-for-trade” and “value-for-money” strategies. There is a drive to ensure the positive impacts of the grant or loan in a sustainable manner.

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Title of book

Assessing the impact of foreign aid : value for money and aid for trade

Chapter number

16

Pagination

227 - 237

Publisher

Elsevier

Place of publication

London, Eng.

ISBN-13

9780128036600

ISBN-10

0128036605

Edition

1st

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2016, Elsevier

Extent

16

Editor/Contributor(s)

V Jakupec, M Kelly

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