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Joint Evaluation of Public Sector Governance Reform
Irrespective of whether development efforts aim at improving social services, transportation, agriculture or other specific areas, reforming the public sector is often key. A considerable part of Sida’s development assistance has therefore gone to public sector governance reform. Such reform is, however, an audacious task, as it is usually a long-term process rife with political-economic interests.
The evaluation assesses the effectiveness of public sector governance reform (PSGR) and donor support in developing and transitional countries between 2001 and 2010. A few successes in terms of improved technical skills and laying the foundations for further reform could be reported from the case studies. Problems derived largely from inadequate capacity and entrenched opposition to reform. The evaluation reconfirmed that political will to reform is critical. Political and economic interests are often a major obstacle to change. The development partners need to figure out how to go beyond merely providing technical improvements and how to achieve sustainable change to structures, cultures, incentives and leadership.