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copy the linklink copied!Global efforts for sustainable development

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

In order to be more effective in voicing its concerns and support for global solutions, Italy is encouraged to consistently address a limited number of risks at international level and in its dialogue with its partner countries.

Partially implemented

Italy still needs to identify key policy areas to focus efforts, designate a mechanism with a clear mandate on PCD, and build systems for monitoring, analysis and policy feedback.

Partially implemented

Developing whole-of-government strategies at partner country level would facilitate a co-ordinated approach to Italian development co-operation and contribute to synergies between the different levers of Italian engagement.

Not implemented

copy the linklink copied!Policy vision and framework

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

A formal medium-term, results-oriented and widely owned strategic vision for development co-operation would provide clarity for Italy’s stakeholders and partners in priority countries.

Partially implemented

Italy should maintain its geographic focus, and develop guidance on how to concentrate the aid programme in the sectors which coincide with its comparative advantages and partner countries’ development priorities.

Partially implemented

Gender equality and the environment should become explicit components of development activities, with improved guidance and targeted training for staff at headquarters and in partner countries on how to mainstream these themes.

Partially implemented

copy the linklink copied!Financing for development

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

To comply with its international commitments, Italy needs to implement the path it has set for increasing steadily its ODA/GNI ratio.

Partially implemented

Italy needs to carefully manage the exit from non-priority countries in order to keep its bilateral development co-operation programme focused on a few countries, and plan how it will maintain its level of engagement in Africa.

Partially implemented

Concentrating on fewer strategic multilateral partners would enable Italy to engage with these partners over a longer term with predictable funding, and enhance synergies with the bilateral aid programme.

Implemented

copy the linklink copied!Structure and systems

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

In contemplating different institutional arrangements for its development co-operation, Italy should maintain the balance between policy and operational aspects, ensure that expertise is close to programming, keep transaction costs low, and avoid institutional fragmentation.

Partially implemented

Italy needs to elaborate a human resources plan for its development co-operation to match staffing needs and competence with DGCS’s general objectives, clarify the roles and division of labour between institutions and staff, and elaborate a human resource policy for local staff with appropriate training.

Partially implemented

copy the linklink copied!Delivery modalities and partnerships

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

Italy is encouraged to strengthen STREAM documents with appropriate analysis and estimates of future aid flows, and expand them to include all official interventions

Not implemented

There is ample room for Italy to promote sector-wide and programme approaches in its partner countries, and untie further its aid in line with international commitments.

Not implemented

The aid effectiveness marker has the potential to increase staff awareness of aid effectiveness and stimulate corrective action, provided it is carefully monitored with its results acted upon

Partially implemented

copy the linklink copied!Results, evaluation and learning

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

Italy should pursue efforts to build expected results into programming and budgeting processes, using partner countries’ data to the maximum extent.

Partially implemented

Establishing a medium-term evaluation plan based on clear criteria, as well as a management response system, would help DGCS use evaluations as a management tool.

Implemented

Setting up a knowledge management system to capitalise on experience would help inform decision-making and strengthen staff capacities.

Not implemented

DGCS should pursue efforts to communicate results and raise awareness on development issues. This would contribute to increasing the public and parliamentary support needed to sustain ODA increases

Partially implemented

copy the linklink copied!Humanitarian assistance

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Recommendations 2014

Progress in implementation

Italy should determine its comparative advantage in humanitarian assistance; this should be used to help set clear, strategic and principled criteria to guide its future funding allocations.

Implemented

Italy should improve the quality of its funding to partners, especially by improving the predictability, flexibility and timeliness of funding for NGOs

Partially implemented

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Figure A.1. Italy’s implementation of 2014 peer review recommendations
Figure A.1. Italy’s implementation of 2014 peer review recommendations

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Annex A. Progress since the 2014 DAC peer review recommendations