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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2019

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

This review commends Sweden for its consistently generous levels of official development assistance and its global development leadership on peace and conflict prevention, environmental sustainability and gender equality. It also welcomes Sweden’s strong focus on and comprehensive toolbox for leaving no one behind. The review suggests that Sweden could benefit from consolidating its development co-operation policy framework and further enhancing the connections between its country, regional and thematic co-operation strategies.

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Sweden’s results, evaluation and learning

This chapter considers how Sweden plans and manages for results in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, building evidence of what works, and using this to learn and adapt.Sweden has adopted a pioneering approach to results-based management, which focuses on achieving long-term, sustainable results through learning and adaptive programming. In order for this approach to be realised, Sweden needs to build staff and partner capacity and strengthen its systems. Sweden helps to build partner countries’ statistical, evaluation and research capacity, However, it could do more to use partner country results frameworks to monitor and evaluate its country programmes.Sweden’s evaluation system is in line with OECD DAC principles, and steps are being taken to improve the relevance of its independent strategic evaluation. Decentralised programme evaluations, context analysis and reviews are being used by teams to improve individual programmes and enhance portfolios at the country and thematic level. However, there is scope to strengthen knowledge management systems to ensure this learning is shared more systematically.

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