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  • Karsten Weitzenegger (AGEG Consultants eG) is currently evaluating Social Accountability Pilot Interventions in the Palestinian territories together with his colleague Dr. Nahed R. Eid (Effects for Consultations & Development) in Gaza. The evaluation is part of the Local Governance and Civil Society Development Programme (LGP 3), which is financed by the German BMZ and carried out by GIZ from Ramallah. Concept Social accountability complements formal accountability with citizen-led ac-countability mechanisms. Social accountability is based on four conceptual building blocks: transparency, participation, response, and monitoring; in order for these measures to be effec-tive, they must be implemented as part of a system. Transparency supports pro-cesses that enable access to information in the public domain, including system-atic reporting on operations, budgets, programs, and priorities. Participation refers to a citizen’s right to participate in the decision-making process, including strategic planning, budget formulation, and a complaints system. Response refers to the capacity and willingness […]

    Evaluating Social Accountability Pilot Interventions in the Palestinian territories

    Karsten Weitzenegger (AGEG Consultants eG) is currently evaluating Social Accountability Pilot Interventions in the Palestinian territories together with his colleague Dr. Nahed R. Eid (Effects for Consultations & Development) in Gaza. The evaluation is part of the Local Governance and Civil Society Development Programme (LGP 3), which is financed by the German BMZ and carried out by GIZ from Ramallah. Concept Social accountability complements formal accountability with citizen-led ac-countability mechanisms. Social accountability is based on four conceptual building blocks: transparency, participation, response, and monitoring; in order for these measures to be effec-tive, they must be implemented as part of a system. Transparency supports pro-cesses that enable access to information in the public domain, including system-atic reporting on operations, budgets, programs, and priorities. Participation refers to a citizen’s right to participate in the decision-making process, including strategic planning, budget formulation, and a complaints system. Response refers to the capacity and willingness […]

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  • The African Cashew Initiative (ACi) is a multi-country programme that is pioneering a formalised co-funding and implementation structure with various public and private partners and development organisations. It offers valuable lessons from managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, and collaboration between more ‘traditional’ development organisations and new donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Further, the ACi’s evolving approach to results measurement, and the challenges and opportunities encountered in integrating African smallholders into global value chains offer interesting insights. Read the full case study here: http://www.value-chains.org/dyn/bds/docs/detail2/824/3

    DCED Case Study of the African Cashew Initiative: Lessons from working with new and multiple partners in Ghana

    The African Cashew Initiative (ACi) is a multi-country programme that is pioneering a formalised co-funding and implementation structure with various public and private partners and development organisations. It offers valuable lessons from managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, and collaboration between more ‘traditional’ development organisations and new donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Further, the ACi’s evolving approach to results measurement, and the challenges and opportunities encountered in integrating African smallholders into global value chains offer interesting insights. Read the full case study here: http://www.value-chains.org/dyn/bds/docs/detail2/824/3

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  • LearnCafés are internal GIZ-events, where the results of evaluations can be discussed in a forum. The underlying idea: evaluation reports do not automatically lead to change. In order to benefit from the results of an evaluation, a learning process is required. The LearnCafé is an instrument that provides the opportunity to learn. It is a communicative space where participants and stakeholders meet to discuss results and insights gained through an evaluation. The discussion helps to propagate these results and insights within the community and to enhance perspectives. The participants can discuss, whether the evaluation calls for action and what measures could be taken as a result. They agree on recommendations for the implementation, that are followed up by executives of the GIZ and its partners. More…

    LearnCafés for Learning from Evaluation | GIZ

    LearnCafés are internal GIZ-events, where the results of evaluations can be discussed in a forum. The underlying idea: evaluation reports do not automatically lead to change. In order to benefit from the results of an evaluation, a learning process is required. The LearnCafé is an instrument that provides the opportunity to learn. It is a communicative space where participants and stakeholders meet to discuss results and insights gained through an evaluation. The discussion helps to propagate these results and insights within the community and to enhance perspectives. The participants can discuss, whether the evaluation calls for action and what measures could be taken as a result. They agree on recommendations for the implementation, that are followed up by executives of the GIZ and its partners. More…

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  • GIZ has published a site on impact-oriented evaluation for their participants. It has some interesting links, not all of them in German only. See http://globalconnect.giz.de/en/topics/topic-of-the-month/monatsthemen/juli/july-2011.html

    GIZ Site on Evaluation: Knowing what Works and How it Works

    GIZ has published a site on impact-oriented evaluation for their participants. It has some interesting links, not all of them in German only. See http://globalconnect.giz.de/en/topics/topic-of-the-month/monatsthemen/juli/july-2011.html

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  • Tourism key to the economic recovery of Egypt. The Green Star Hotel Initiative (GSHI) aims to improve the environmental performance and competitiveness of the Egyptian hotel industry by promoting the implementation of environmental management systems and environmentally sound operations, Within the framework of the PPP program oft eh German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Egyptian and German tourism key players joined forces with technical assistance provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to move the Egyptian hotel industry towards sustainability. The Initiative is operated by AGEG Consultants eG. http://www.greenstarhotel.net

    The Green Star Hotel Initiative supports the greening of Egypt’s tourism industry

    Tourism key to the economic recovery of Egypt. The Green Star Hotel Initiative (GSHI) aims to improve the environmental performance and competitiveness of the Egyptian hotel industry by promoting the implementation of environmental management systems and environmentally sound operations, Within the framework of the PPP program oft eh German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Egyptian and German tourism key players joined forces with technical assistance provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to move the Egyptian hotel industry towards sustainability. The Initiative is operated by AGEG Consultants eG. http://www.greenstarhotel.net

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  • GTZ. Monitoring and evaluation – tracking the effectiveness of adaptation. M&E plays a central role in capturing whether and how interventions lead to the successful achievement of their objectives. This is of particular importance in the relatively new field of adaptation to climate change, where interventions are still in the phase of being defined and tested. Showing which ad aptation interventions lead to desired results is also important in securing funding, since financial resources are being made available specifically for adaptation measures and funders want proof of how they enable adaptation.

    Tracking the effectiveness of climate change adaptation

    GTZ. Monitoring and evaluation – tracking the effectiveness of adaptation. M&E plays a central role in capturing whether and how interventions lead to the successful achievement of their objectives. This is of particular importance in the relatively new field of adaptation to climate change, where interventions are still in the phase of being defined and tested. Showing which ad aptation interventions lead to desired results is also important in securing funding, since financial resources are being made available specifically for adaptation measures and funders want proof of how they enable adaptation.

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  • The German federal government has launched a new agency for technical cooperation. At the start of 2011, the new ‘‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit” (German Agency for International Cooperation) will take up its work. This agency, called GIZ, will be created by merging the three government organisations of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), DED (German Development Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany). Having some 19,000 employees, operating in around 130 countries with revenues that are close to € 2 billion a year, the GIZ is likely to be the largest consulting company. Seven men will compose the executive body. In essence, the reform aims to streamline TC organisations and make them more effective agents of development cooperation. It also seeks to enhance the political steering role of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development while clearly allocating implementation tasks to the new organisation. The German financial cooperation […]

    Germany merges technical cooperation services into the GIZ

    The German federal government has launched a new agency for technical cooperation. At the start of 2011, the new ‘‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit” (German Agency for International Cooperation) will take up its work. This agency, called GIZ, will be created by merging the three government organisations of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), DED (German Development Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany). Having some 19,000 employees, operating in around 130 countries with revenues that are close to € 2 billion a year, the GIZ is likely to be the largest consulting company. Seven men will compose the executive body. In essence, the reform aims to streamline TC organisations and make them more effective agents of development cooperation. It also seeks to enhance the political steering role of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development while clearly allocating implementation tasks to the new organisation. The German financial cooperation […]

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