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Policy Dialogue as an Instrument in Swedish Development Cooperation – the case of Gender Equality

Updated: 19 February 2016

Policy dialogue plays a vital role in Swedish development cooperation. It serves a range of purposes and is used in many ways depending on the context and the stakeholders involved. To be successful, policy dialogue needs to be conducted in a way that ensures meaningful participation, be timely and coherent, be supported by a committed leadership and be complementary to project/programme support. Thus, policy dialogue requires both time and skills. The evaluation shows that Sida needs to clarify the concept and develop a tool box for staff to use when conducting dialogue.

These are some of the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of policy dialogue as an instrument in Swedish development cooperation – the case of gender equality. The evaluation was commissioned to get a better understanding of what constitutes successful policy dialogue on gender equality in different contexts and to contribute to the improvement of policy dialogue as an instrument in development cooperation. The evaluation covers the period of 2007-2013 and is based on three country case studies in Albania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guatemala to provide a more in-depth analysis of why, when, with whom and how policy dialogue for gender equality is done. Desk studies of key Sida documents and a mapping exercise including 11 countries to identify different ways of conducting policy dialogue in different contexts were also conducted.

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