This research programme was commissioned by the Advisory Board for Irish Aid. It was undertaken by a consortium including the Christian Michelsen Institute of Norway and the Economic and Social Research Foundation of Tanzania, with inputs from the German Development Institute, the Centre for Democratic Development of Ghana and researchers in Mozambique, Uganda and Malawi.
The research aimed to clarify the relations between governance and poverty reduction and within this context to explore the contributions and risks associated with new aid modalities (sector programmes and budget support). It paid special attention to Irish Aid programme countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme was a mixture of desk work to collect, synthesise and reflect upon existing knowledge, and targeted field research to investigate particular issues that remain contentious or obscure.
The programme’s findings were intended as inputs to the strategic thinking of the Advisory Board and the Government of Ireland during a period in which Irish development assistance is being rapidly scaled-up, posing questions about the absorptive capacity of partner countries and the effects on governance. The research results provide policy guidance on what works and what doesn’t in the field of donor support to better governance and public-sector capacity. They also suggest when, how and with what management and monitoring arrangements it may be advisable to scale-up programmes and move to new modalities.
Regional Organisations and Incentives to Improve Governance: The APRM Experience, with Particular Reference to Ghana
The APRM is designed as a self-evaluation mechanism, to be voluntarily acceded to by a country by signing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding how to conduct the assessment of the country’s state of governance.
This paper begins by summarising the evidence that proactive management of the political dimensions of reform is feasible and beneficial, making particular reference to the field of sexual and reproductive health.
This report synthesises the findings of a two-year research project commissioned by the Advisory Board for Irish Aid which speaks directly to the agenda of Accra in September and Doha in November 2008, when the international community will assess the progress...
This paper reviews the literature on corruption, anti-corruption efforts and aid.
Building Blocks or Stumbling Blocks? The Effectiveness of New Approaches to Aid Delivery at the Sector Level
This working paper analyses the effectiveness of different aid modalities and the coordination mechanisms associated with programme-based approaches at the sector level. It draws from three case studies, covering the education sector in Tanzania, the water and...
The study examines the impact of domestic politics on public sector reform in African states that are classed as neopatrimonial or 'hybrid'.
This Background note, prepared for a 2007 Conference on Democracy and Development, looks at the challenges of embedding a democratic culture within developing states.