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Public financial management and health services delivery
Necessary, but not sufficient?


The issues of public financial management (PFM) and healthcare have long been of interest to the development policy community. Both issues are relatively well discussed and studied in their own right, but the relationship between them is comparatively under-theorised and under researched. More recently, the debates in both policy fields have started to place more of a premium on understanding the links between the two issues. To support this closer alignment, this research report looks in more detail at the theoretical and empirical ...


Making governance work for water–energy–food nexus approaches

Publisher:CDKN and ODI

This Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) working paper explores the effectiveness of governance for the ‘water-energy-food nexus’. It looks at approaches that recognise the links between sectors, factor these in during decision-making and promote integrated policy-making. The paper synthesises findings from CDKN-supported action research in this area, drawing on findings from Indonesia, Kenya and the Amazon Basin. It demonstrates that the effectiveness of horizontal (cross-sectoral) and vertical (between levels of government) coordination – essential for a nexus approach – is determined by institutional relationships, which can be influenced ...


Social service delivery in violent contexts : achieving results against the odds
A report from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal

Publisher:World Bank Group

This report provides the foundation for a new approach to service delivery in violence-affected contexts that is sensitive to the actual forms of violence, politics, and bargaining encountered in many conflict-affected states. The findings unearth issues about how development organizations should approach service delivery in contested settings. As many countries today are riven by conflict and internal division, some familiar rules of the game may be inadequate to deal with the mounting humanitarian and development challenges posed by complex conflict ...


What works for Social Accountability? Findings from DFID’s Macro Evaluation

Publisher:Itad and DFID

A wide-ranging evaluation of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) support to social accountability initiatives has found that service delivery is improved when local citizens are informed and learn about their rights and entitlements and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with service providers. This briefing summarises the main findings from the evaluation which looks at what works best and highlights key lessons learned. DFID supports social accountability across many countries and contexts. Social accountability processes are supported either as standalone projects or as components of broader sector or governance reform projects. In ...


Methodological Note: How to Learn about How We Do Social Accountability in Context?

Publisher:Grupo de Pesquisa Politeia - Coprodução do Bem Público: Accountability e Gestão

Social accountability and open government work often borrow ideas, plans and methodologies from others. Many other times local initiatives are innovative, but disconnected from other experiences and debates that could be relevant to amplify their results. The literature on social accountability, anticorruption and related fields shows that while cross-context insights can help inform local work, adaptation and combination, a mix of these is critical towards achieving results. There is no pre-made plan that has impacts across contexts. It is relevant ...

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