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At IDAS Africa we take the view that many of the world’s development issues can be solved through collaboration. With cross learning at the top of the agenda, every day we work to uncover and learn new lessons from our specialists implementing programmes in the field. We use them to make our grantees’ projects work better; we use them to teach ourselves to do better; and we share them with our clients, so that they too can make the most of their funding. Every insight we adapt makes a world of difference in the outcomes we achieve and in making projects sustainable in the ever changing development landscape. Here are some of the lessons learned from our portfolio in general:


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Outcome Mapping: A Breadth of Uses

In this paper we explore the benefits of Outcome Mapping, an alternative planning and results evaluation system for complex development interventions. The key to the success of this system has been the ability to adapt it in creative ways to meet an individual programme’s needs. We look at three unique ways in which the Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme has adapted outcome mapping to help its grantees improve governance in Tanzania and to capture the true impact of their work.

 
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The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and Impact: What's next in Busan

In anticipation of the Fourth High Level Forum (HLF-4) in Busan South Korea this paper analysed the conclusions of the second phase of the evaluation of the Paris Declaration (PD) on Aid Effectiveness,

 
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Capability Reviews as the Key to Sustainable performance improvement in the Public Service

In spite of heavy investments in public service delivery, the citizens’ expectation gap continues to widen. Many governments in developing economies are unable to meet citizens’ expectations in the quality of public services.

 
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Risky Business: Promoting Private Sector Development in Post-Conflict States

As donors move toward more constructive engagement in post-conflict states, a growing body of research has recognized the importance of the private sector in restoring dignity to the local citizen.

 
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Divergent Systems Development in Post-Conflict Countries

In this brief we aim to summarise some of the typical development challenges faced by a countries in a post conflict situations, where we argue that the “rush” towards development can create a number of problems.

 
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Managing Risk in Global Health: Mapping The Way Forward

As the fight against global epidemics such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis steps up, both donors and implementers have begun to think more about how to effectively manage the risks that come along

 
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At IDAS Africa we take the view that many of the world’s development issues can be solved through collaboration.

 
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