OECD Journal on Development

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1996-580X (online)
1816-8124 (print)
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The journal of the OECD Development Assistance Committee that includes reports on the DAC’s reviews of member country’s development co-operation policies, as well as analytical reports on various development issues.  The first issue of the year always presents the DAC Chairman’s annual Development Co-operation Report.

Also available in: French

Volume 8, Issue 3 You do not have access to this content

Publication Date :
25 Nov 2008
Also available in: French

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  25 Nov 2008 Click to Access:  Encouraging Effective Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

This report outlines an approach for developing guidance on evaluating conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. First, the report specifies which types of work can be considered conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities, distinguishing between conflict sensitivity and conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. The challenges of evaluating in this field are discussed and recommendations are made on key concepts and important elements for the process, including conducting a conflict analysis; examining theories of change; understanding impacts; programming to support evaluation; and choosing evaluation methodologies and approaches.

The report also looks at the applicability of existing DAC tools, and adapts the DAC Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance to the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field. Finally, it outlines the next steps for the DAC Networks in developing guidance.

  25 Nov 2008 Click to Access:  Enhancing the Delivery of Justice and Security
This section provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges faced in security and justice service delivery. It explains why security and justice are crucial to development efforts, outlines the objectives of justice and security delivery in fragile states, and provides guidance on how to overcome the challenges of providing security and justice delivery in fragile environments.
  25 Nov 2008 Click to Access:  Whole-of-Government Approaches to Fragile States

As recognised in the DAC Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations, interconnected challenges of governance, economic performance, insecurity and poverty are acute in fragile states, requiring close collaboration among defense, diplomacy, development and beyond. Good international engagement in fragile states requires a complex and coherent range of approaches and instruments if lasting peace is to be secured.

The study provides a synthesis of current whole-of-government approaches in seven donors’ administrations, identifying several challenges to a whole-of-government approach, including differences in mandates, approaches, resources and considerable transaction costs. Recommendations include the need for political commitment, the need to engage a wide range of actors, joint analysis, country-specific joint planning, and creating the right incentives structure and knowledge management systems for actors involved to adopt a comprehensive approach.

  25 Nov 2008 Click to Access:  The Challenge of Capacity Development
This report draws on four decades of documented experience provided by both bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as academic specialists, to help policy makers and practitioners think through effective approaches to capacity development and what challenges remain in the drive to boost country capacity. The analysis is underpinned by a conceptual framework which guides practitioners to view capacity development at three interrelated levels: individual, organisational and the enabling environment. It provides insights into what capacity development is, why it matters and, more importantly, what can be done to support it.
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