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.

Jan 20
Governance in Africa - Modesty, Realism and Working Politically

​A recent policy brief by ECDMP talks about the learnings of supporting governance in Africa:

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.

Jan 14
Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt is seeking the support of external consultant

Domain one (Democratic Processes and Human Rights) at the Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt, is seeking the support of external consultant- with a solid SDC background- in developing two credit proposals (SDC-single phase modality). The assignment is to develop the present leads: 1) Enhancing the governance of the child justice system and 2) Empowering independent media for more transparent and accountable governance, into two comprehensive credit proposals. Detailed tasks and deliverables are attached as part of the Terms of Reference (ToR).
We are reaching out to you asking for your kind support to advertise the ToRs on the DDLG/Governance Network and the Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights Network All submissions should be sent as PDF files to by 10:00 am Friday January 17th 2020, with the subject line “SDC Proposal Writing Consultancy.”
Jan 09
Summer University - Institute of Federalism

The Institute of Federalism is pleased to inform you that the 29th edition of the three-week Summer University will take place in Fribourg from 17 August to 4 September 2020. Registrations are possible from now on. For further information please read the flyer
Nov 29
SDG 16 community survey - your opinion counts!

​Dear members

The objective of this SDG16 community survey is to better understand key issues and perspectives of stakeholders working on SDG16. It is part of a broader effort being undertaken to map the global SDG16 community. We invite all to participate.

You can access the survey by clicking on the button 'SDG 16 Community survey' on our homepage, or by clicking on this link.

The final date to complete the survey is 6 December 2019.

Nov 22
Study visits by PolitExchange: responsive, practice-oriented and tailor-made

PolitExchange study visits are tailor-made, responding to the aims and needs of our guests. What topics interest you? What is the purpose of the visit to Switzerland? Should the visit primarily offer technical inspiration for new solutions? Is the delegation composed of members with heterogenous views - does the visit then also concern the building of trust internally? We clarify the expectations of the delegation and adjust the program, the selection of experts and methods accordingly. We inform our experts beforehand about the delegation’s expectations and ensure tailor-made exchanges. 

To know more read our flyer in English, French and German, or visit our webpage: 

Nov 19
Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Course in Basel from 11-13 March 2020

Dear Madam or Sir,
Dear colleagues

Learn how to develop good theories of change and how to make your program more effective in fragile contexts.

swisspeace, in collaboration with the University of Basel, offers a
Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts Course in Basel from 11-13 March 2020.

In this course participants will:

  • learn to understand the concepts of theories of change and the basics to work with them.
  • build theories of change on different levels (project, program and organizational level).
  • train your skills with practical exercises.
  • get insights on different uses of theories of change for design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • develop ideas on using theories of change as a tool to foster organizational learning and grapple with complexity.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

Interested in participating?

Applications close on 15 January 2020. For further information, please contact or visit our website.

Feel free to share this information in your network. Many thanks in advance.
Kind regards
Roland Dittli
Head Analysis & Impact Program

Nov 15
Online Training: Political Economy Analysis

The Policy Practice and ODI announce Political Economy Analysis in Action training 

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.

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

Apply by 9 December 2019

Oct 22
Streaming online: Workshop on Gender Responsive and Socially Inclusive Budgeting

30 October 2019 - Expert Workshop on

Socially inclusive and gender responsive budgeting


Dear colleagues, we are happy to invite you for the online streaming of the Expert Workshop on Socially Inclusive and Gender Responsive Budgeting, organized jointly by seco (Macroeconomic Support Unit) and SDC (Gender and Governance Networks).

The workshop provides a platform to exchange among experts on SIB/GRB policies and practices based on SDC's new Guidance of the topic (see guidance sheet and working paper). The focus is on challenges and opportunities arising when implementing programs in this field, with a particular focus on participative budgeting approaches on local level and its linkages to national level public policies.



Welcome Rosmarie Schlup (seco) & Georgette Bruchez (SDC)


SDC's learnings on GRB and SIB Ursula Keller & Corinne Huser, Focal Points Governance and Gender (SDC)

09:45-10:45 -

"State of play in Gender Responsive Budgeting" Ermira Lubani, GRB Policy Advisor (UN Women)


Coffee break


Practice examples I:

Participatory budgeting and women's participation: Case studies Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan, Sohela Nazeen (IDS) & Jesper Laudridsen (Helvetas)

Experiences on participatory budgeting in devolved county governments, Kenya Anette Omollo (Worldbank)




Gender Indicators in the PEFA system Chantal Bratschi-Kaye (seco)

IMF Gender Budgeting Framework Teresa Rose Curristine, Deputy Division Chief (IMF)



Practice Examples II

The Public Finance for Children Approach (PF4C): Experiences from Practice Examples, Joanne Bosworth (UNICEF)

Gendermainstreaming in Public Policies and Budgets, North Macedonia, Kristina Kolozova (SDC)

Public and Private Investments for Women's Economic Empowerment: Tanzania and Bangladesh, Samina Anwar (UNCDF)

Please do not hesitate to contact Srdan Dragojevic if you would like to take part joining us online through the streaming platform.


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