The West Africa Food Markets (WAFM) Programme aims to take a key role in tackling the causes of the multiple market failures that exist in staple food markets in West Africa and thereby increase income and security for food producers and consumers. It will do this by identifying opportunities to invest in private sector-led market development initiatives across the region, provide support to facilitate the success of these initiatives and leverage successful innovations to reform policy and encourage further development though replication.
'These assignments and evaluations inform our work by enabling us to broaden our understanding of approaches, explore innovations, and share learning around the assessment of impact. They are all conducted by one or more of our CDI partner organisations.
Assignments and Evaluations
The effective use of research by those who make policy in the Global South can have a real impact on decision-making. DFID launched their ‘Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence’ Programme (BCURE) with the aim of increasing the capacity of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries to use research effectively.
Established in 2011, Transparency International’s (TI) MEL unit is tasked with conceptualising, implementing and maintaining the organisation’s overall monitoring, evaluation and learning system. Broadly, the system focuses on three pillars; results, through monitoring the outcomes and results achieved through the organisation’s programmatic work; performance, through monitoring standard organisational performance areas at the TI-Secretariat and Network levels; and impact, through monitoring the impact of the overall TI network.
In 2011, the Government of China and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) started a new global development partnership aimed at enabling China and the UK to work together to reduce poverty and promote the generation of common interest global public goods. The China-UK Global Health Support Programme (GHSP) was designed under this partnership to contribute to improved global health policy and outcomes, as well as to help China improve its contribution to global health and achieve the potential of its health cooperation.
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) was designed to demonstrate how an integrated approach to community-led development can translate the international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into results. The MVP approach was piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia and in 2006, reached nearly half a million people across 10 countries in sub-Sahara Africa. In 2011 the UK Department for International Development (DFID) agreed to provide a grant of £11.5 million to implement a new Millennium Village in Northern Ghana.
An unprecedented revolution has swept over the development scene since the turn of the century: it is market-led and emphasizes the mobilization of private energies, funds and skills. A brand new cast of influential development actors is transforming the state aid monopoly. The development evaluation discipline, shaped by public sector concerns, has not kept pace with this deep-seated transformation. It has failed to deliver adequate and timely evidence about development impact.
Tilitonse (formerly the Civil Society Governance Fund) is a £12.5 million grant-making facility that aims to enable civil society to better engage with national and local government to promote greater accountability for its citizens.
Itad has begun to evaluate the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA). MeTA is an innovative model, which seeks to increase access to essential medicines through improved transparency in the medicines supply chain. It is led by multi-stakeholder councils at the country level involving government officials, civil society representatives and private sector representations.
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