This National Endowment for
Democracy Report explores
how Russia, China, and other authoritarian regimes have invested billions of
dollars in media enterprises and information initiatives to manipulate,
distort, and censor the global information environment. Andrew Lucas,
former editor at The Economist, writes that effective response requires an
array of normative, legal and practical changes.
Find the report
Sorry for posting it again. The link to the ToR has been added below.
Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Kyrgyzstan is looking for a
team of consultants for a final evaluation of the first phase of the Strong
and Inclusive Parliamentary Democracy (SIPD) project implemented by the
United Nations Development Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic. The current phase
of the project will be completed in April 2021. For more information, please
download the project document here: https://open.undp.org/projects/00098320
of the assignment:
Final evaluation of the SIPD project
dedicated to the mission: 35 person-days, between April and June 2020 (according to agreed
organizations/teams of consultants who wish to apply to refer to the attached
Terms of Reference (ToR) and to send their applications (including a cover
letter, information about proposed approach and methodology, team composition
with CVs and previous background on similar assignments, and a
competitive quote) by e-mail to email@example.com
by February 26, 2020 COB.
In case of
questions or clarifications needed, organizations/teams of consultants will be
invited to an interview by phone or videoconference.
Terms of Reference
appreciate if you can distribute this announcement within your networks.
National Program Officer, Governance
Swiss Cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic
The PEFA program is
launching a new supplementary framework for assessing gender-responsive
public financial management. The supplementary framework facilitates the collection of information
to assess the extent to which countries’ public financial management systems
respond to differing needs of men and women, and subgroups within these
categories. The framework has been tested in seven countries and is planned to
be conducted on a voluntary basis as part of a regular PEFA assessment.
We are currently looking for a consultant to support
our GCP team at the SDC Vientiane office, Lao PDR.
Please refer to the attached document for more
The application deadline is 14 February 2020.
SDC Lao PDR_ToRs_Support to GCP Domain 2020.pdf
The Policy Practice and
ODI are delighted to announce the opportunity to undertake our Political
Economy Analysis in Action training Course: https://thepolicypractice.com/onlinetraining/
The training is based on the flagship face-to-face
course we have provided over 35 times since 2008 for DFID and other
organisations, including the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, Belgian Technical
Cooperation, GIZ, Irish Aid, the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade of
Australia, the IMF, the European Commission and UNDP.
The course is delivered by David Booth of ODI and Alex Duncan of The Policy Practice (TPP) with Tim Kelsall (ODI) and Neil McCulloch (TPP). It is facilitated by Samantha Wade of TPP.
What is the course and who is it for?
Political economy analysis is about understanding the contexts – national,
sectoral and local – in which development happens and the incentives that
determine how the relevant actors behave and interact with each other.
The course is designed to equip advisers and programme managers to identify key
political and institutional challenges and opportunities in a variety of
different contexts, and to draw well-grounded conclusions for strategy, and
programme design and implementation.
By the end of the course, participants will
- What political economy analysis is, and where it comes from
- How it can be used to improve development policy and programme design and
- What tools and frameworks are available for PEA and how they can be applied
There are two different websites which aim at collecting such efforts and sharing them with everyone (with filters!):
https://www.makingallvoicescount.org/ (archived until 2017) Making All Voices Count collected and analyzed citizen initiatives to promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.
https://participedia.net/ A global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations.
Enjoy and get inspired!
The report is the result of a learning partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and can be found here:
Adaptive management (AM) is a programme management approach that helps international development organisations to become more learning-oriented.During recent decades, the international development sector has aimed to increase its results and impact orientation. As a result, a growing number of development organisations and governments have become increasingly aware of the limitations of traditional ‘linear and prescriptive’ programming approaches.
The report assesses the relevance of AM to SDC, how it relates to working practices across SDC, and the key challenges and opportunities for SDC. Its process of elaboration involved a literature review on AM, an exploration of AM approaches from several bilateral donors, a series of interviews with SDC staff and partners working in different countries and thematic domains, and a learning workshop at SDC headquarters (HQ), where staff from several SDC divisions reflected on AM and on how to advance the organisation’s capacity for adaptive programming and learning.
A recent policy brief by ECDMP talks about the learnings of supporting governance in Africa: https://ecdpm.org/wp-content/uploads/Governance-Africa-Europe-Relations-Modesty-Realism-Working-Politically-ECDPM-Briefing-Note-112.pdf
Since the 1990s governance has been a top priority in the Europe-Africa partnership. This briefing note identifies some of the political and bureaucratic hurdles in dealing with poorly governed states and suggests possible ways forward.In the recent past we have moved away from overly normative to more realistic approaches in promoting political and economic reforms. The limitations of technocratic investments, informal democratic institutions and electoral processes are now increasingly recognised. The rather simplistic belief that it is possible to ‘buy’ governance reforms with aid conditionalities is waning. Thinking and working politically has become the new mantra.Effective governance institutions have to be locally rooted. External partners can play a supportive role in facilitating change processes, but never a leading role. Their support can only be effective if they lead by example and do their homework well by better understanding the complexities of domestic reforms, including the obstacles and incentives for change. Acting upon that knowledge is paramount. But why is it so difficult to apply the lessons learnt and change current practice? This note calls for a large dose of modesty and realism, a more cooperative engagement towards coalition building, and fundamental changes in the political and bureaucratic culture of development agencies and diplomatic services.