Program-related evaluations provide insight and opportunities for learning

Of: Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Ian Christoplos and Jessica Rothman

Evaluations should focus on what works, why and what lessons can be learned from it, instead of just checking what Swedish development assistance achieves. When evaluations have not been used for more than listing results, opportunities for learning are lost. It writes three employees to Indevelop, who in a new report has compiled lessons from 71 evaluations that the organization has conducted over the past two years.

August 30, 2013, Debate

How can the negative consequences of the performance agenda be avoided?

Of: Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Ian Christoplos, Janet Vähämäki, Jessica Rothman and Therese Brolin

Focus on results in international development cooperation does not necessarily mean better results. On the contrary, it can be counterproductive. We who work with the issues are obliged to inform decision-makers about this. That is the opinion of Janet Vähämäki, Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Jessica Rothman, Ian Christoplos and Therese Brolin

May 21, 2013, Debate

Gender equality and development assistance

Of: Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Catharina Schmitz, Chris Coulter and Jessica Rothman

Much work remains to be done in practice to integrate gender equality work throughout Swedish development assistance. Concrete improvements can be made in the planning, implementation and follow-up of development assistance to achieve the Swedish goals of increased gender equality. Lessons must be learned but also applied in practice, write four representatives of InDevelop, who in a new thread invite to give concrete examples of successes and challenges for gender equality work in development assistance.

March 19, 2013, Debate