Evaluations of Country Strategies - An Overview of Experiences and a Proposal for Shaping Future Country Programme Evaluations

Sida Studies in Evaluation
Stefan Dahlgren
The study summarises experiences from country strategy or country programme evaluations. It looks at the possibility of applying such experiences on Swedish development cooperation in the light of recent changes in aid ideology and practice and discusses what alternatives there are for overall assessment of aid effectiveness. Obviously many organisations find it worthwhile to carry out country programme evaluations but ambitions about causes and effects are kept at a modest level. A question raised in the study is why the recipient countries so far show little interest in such evaluations which could help them to make strategic decisions about development assistance and about comparative advantages for different forms for transfer of resources.

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