is a top priority for members, although tangible progress has been elusive. The DCED has convened field-based experts to develop a practical Standard for results measurement
– providing practitioners with a common framework and an incentive, to measure their programmes’ results credibly. A growing library of supporting documents and case studies
is available on the website
. Many agencies and more than 100 field programmes in over 50 cocuntries are currently working towards compliance with the Standard, representing $1.5 billion in development funds spent.
The DCED Standard’s application in different contexts have also been addressed in other groups, including through Practical Guidelines
on Measuring Results of PSD in Conflict-Affected Environments
and on Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
at the household level, each complemented by two cases studies.
The DCED’s work on PSD in Conflict-Affected Environments
(CAEs) also includes an online compilation of guidance and a library of 450 documents
on PSD in CAEs, including the DCED’s own publication on Key Resources for PSD Practitioners in CAEs.
Recently, the DCED developed an inter-agency training course
which can be offered on demand.
DCED members’ common understanding of good practice in Business Environment Reform
(BER) has been documented in the Practical Guidance on Supporting BER
. Through publications and conferences, the DCED has also tackled key issues such as BER and the Informal Economy
, an Introduction for Practitioners to the Political Economy of BER, The compatibility of Strategic Industrial Policy and Business Environment Reform,
and Measuring Results of BER.
A working paper and donor guidance on Quality Infrastructure
are currently being finalised.
DCED member agencies are increasingly interested in partnering directly with businesses – by sharing costs, risk of private investments in developing countries through competitive selection mechanism such as challenge funds. In 2013, the DCED published a review of experience in donor partnerships with business. It provides an overview of different partnership models and their results. Also in 2013, the DCED developed Practical Guidelines for Measuring Results in Challenge Funds, based on the DCED Standard, which were also presented at the High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico, April 2014. Another priority identified by the review was the need to enhance systems for demonstrating the additionality of donor support to business. Under the supervision of a DCED Partnerships Task Force, the DCED has developed a document on good practice principles and assessment criteria in this area.