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An Assessment of the First Three Years Consultative Group meeting Brussels 8 October 2002 Development Planning Unit. Problems of method premature judgement in terms of impact

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An Assessment of the First Three Years

Consultative Group meeting

Brussels

8 October 2002

Development Planning Unit

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Problems of method
  • premature judgement in terms of impact
  • need to develop robust indicators for evaluation in the process of evaluating, turning aims into what can be assessed
  • using these indicators to test:
    • relevance
    • efficacy
    • efficiency in achieving the aims
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Context and development
  • CA developed very swiftly as:
    • a successful mechanism to change the climate of opinion on urban poverty through
      • slum upgrading
      • city development strategies
    • a vehicle for the funding of innovative proposals in these two fields
      • recruitment of a multiplicity of partners (CG) which became the governing council of the CA
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Raised problems
    • CG could not properly fulfil its original role as a public policy forum, nor was it equipped to supervise the Secretariat
    • the role of the learning alliance was as a result neglected
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Remedies were
    • spin off the “external” role of public policy forum to the PAB
    • create a Steering Committee to supervise the work of the Secretariat
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Allowed the CG to concentrate on the central tasks of creating a learning alliance, an “internal” public policy forum, through:
    • pooling the experience of all the partners in urban development on the two priority themes
    • expanding and aligning, in a complementary fashion, the programmes and experience of all the partners
    • seeking to further enhance collaboration between the partners
    • evaluating the lessons of this multi-agency experience, particularly that of cities in developing countries
    • disseminating the lessons of best practice, and supporting the appropriate capacity-building to strengthen cities
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Current challenge
  • Target audience and the source of learning are the cities of the developing countries with a focus on the poorest cities (who show a capacity to change)
    • city managers
    • NGOs and slum dwellers associations
    • slum-dwellers themselves
  • The style of the CA has to be transformed for this much larger task
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The central tasks of the CG become
    • evaluation

combining the respective capacities of all the partners to identify best practice in SU and CDSs

    • dissemination

on a mass basis and an ‘indigenised’ form (cheap publications; web sites)

    • capacity building

move from funding projects to financing the capacity for cities to undertake projects – i.e. major programme in training

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Local Government Associations are central to this shift of direction
    • great experience and expertise among their members
    • direct links to the cities
  • LGAs have other central responsibilities so special efforts are required

e.g.

    • exchange of staff
    • joint-evaluation of LGA experience
    • creation of registers of experts from the LGAs
    • strengthening of in-country LGAs.
  • Importance of supporting in-country CAs as the base for local evaluation, dissemination and capacity building.
    • key role of strengthened in-country LGA.
    • in-country donor offices vital part of national CAs to encourage alignment of urban development programmes, collaboration and mutual support.
    • NGOs also a valuable part of local CAs.
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The Secretariat should be less concerned with the volume of projects funded, more emphasis on:
    • quality
    • innovation in the context of the urban development programs of all the partners
    • prioritising cities – e.g. the poorest
    • facilitating the preparation of applications
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Other points
  • A detailed review of the projects undertaken is presented.
  • Need for a review of the range of CDSs (not only CA supported) to identify what has been useful and sustainable
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