Mar 20
Online training on 'Leave no one behind - Challenges and opportunities of implementation'

27 April to 19 June 2020

Leave no one behind (LNOB) is the underlying principle of the 2030 Agenda. The online training will shed some light on how to target the most vulnerable in our work by applying LNOB in practice. The training was developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ (AIZ).

An interactive learning experience awaits you and your involvement is therefore crucial. Exchange with fellow practitioners, a moderated online forum and assignments will help you to apply LNOB directly in your working environment. International experts will provide input through weekly webinars, answer your questions and share relevant material. The training consists of six modules in form of webinars, which will cover a variety of topics: the concept of LNOB, LNOB lobbying & advocacy, current challenges and entry points, LNOB project planning/ implementation/ monitoring & evaluation, as well as LNOB action planning. Useful tools and instruments will complement the training resources.

You will have the opportunity to work in small groups according to your interests and thematic areas. You are invited to bring in your individual expertise. An online facilitator will accompany you throughout the whole learning experience.
The course is designed and open for international and national GIZ and SDC staff as well as for development practitioners representing bilateral and multilateral donor institutions as well as NGOs or national and local partner institutions.

The total course duration
is 8 weeks and the online training takes place from 27 April to 19 June 2020. 

Costs: Training costs for SDC staff and partners are covered under the contribution of the SDC (Poverty desk) to GIZ.

Registration: the deadline has been extended to the 27 March 2020! Download the registration form.

Best wishes, take care and keep healthy !!
Feb 21
Call for Proposals: Research and innovation for sustainable development

​SDC is looking for promising research and innovation initiatives, which engage researchers from Switzerland and from the Global South and East and implementation partners from other sectors (government, civil society, private sector).

As Network DDLG, we would like to encourage particularly institutions from social sciences (sociology, antropology, law, public management, political science, ...) to apply for this call and to partner up with colleagues in the South, East or North. 

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals:
5 April 2020 8pm CET à

Please find all further information under this link:

Feb 14
Report on Authoritarian Influence and Media Vulnerability

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 here:

Feb 11
Looking for a team of consultants for final project evaluation

Dear all,

Sorry for posting it again. The link to the ToR has been added below.

The Swiss 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:  (Documents section)

Objective of the assignment: Final evaluation of the SIPD project

Time dedicated to the mission: 35 person-days, between April and June 2020 (according to agreed evaluation plan)

Application process:

We invite 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 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 

We would appreciate if you can distribute this announcement within your networks.


Best regards,


Elena Zakirova

National Program Officer, Governance


Swiss Embassy

Swiss Cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic

Feb 10
PEFA Supplementary Framework for Assessing Gender is out!!

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. ​

Feb 10
Consultancy opportunity: support the SDC Governance and Citizen Participation Domain (GCP) in Lao PDR.

Dear colleagues,

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 information.

The application deadline is 14 February 2020.

SDC Lao PDR_ToRs_Support to GCP Domain 2020.pdf

Best regards,

GCP team

Feb 05
Online course on Political Economy Analysis

Online course on Political Economy Analysis  

The Policy Practice and ODI are delighted to announce the opportunity to undertake our Political Economy Analysis in Action training Course: 

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 understand:
- What political economy analysis is, and where it comes from
- How it can be used to improve development policy and programme design and management
- What tools and frameworks are available for PEA and how they can be applied

Jan 31
Annual Programme 2020

The annual programme of the network is now online and can be downloaded HERE. This year the programme includes the joint framework of the PGE (Peace, Governance and Equality) Cluster. The cluster boosts the exchange and coherence among the SDC networks: Governance/DDLG, Gender, Fragility, Conflict & Human Rights and Poverty /LNOB.

Jan 24
Democratic participation & accountability

Interested in a collection of different examples how participation and accountability could be done, or is done in your country or region and how technology played a role in that? 

There are two different websites which aim at collecting such efforts and sharing them with everyone (with filters!): (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.  A global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations. 

Enjoy and get inspired! 

Jan 20
Report on Adaptive Management in SDC

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.

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