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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: https://www.ned.org/sharp-power-democratic-resilience-series-firming-up-democracys-soft-underbelly/


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: https://open.undp.org/projects/00098320  (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 elena.zakirova@eda.admin.ch 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. ​

https://pefa.org/resources/supplementary-framework-assessing-gender-responsive-public-financial-management

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: 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 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!): 

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! 


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:

https://www.shareweb.ch/site/DDLGN/CUG/AdaptiveManagement/Shared%20Documents/SDC-IDS_learning_partnership_Adaptive_Management.pdf

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: 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.

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 cai.hr.gov@eda.admin.ch by 10:00 am Friday January 17th 2020, with the subject line “SDC Proposal Writing Consultancy.”
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