The most popular downloads from the DCED site

The 15 most popular downloads on in the 12 months to end-August 2019 are listed below, in decreasing order of popularity; the ranking does not include the DCED database for value chain development, or meeting agendas. A brief description of the entry, including why you may find it of interest, is included.

1. A one-page summary of the DCED Standard for Results Measurement, 2019.

A brief overview of what the Standard consists of, and what the benefits of using it are.

2. DCED Reader on Results Measurement, 2017.

Provides a 25-page overview of What the Standard is, case studies on use of the Standard, and practical ways to get involved.

3. Monitoring and Measuring Results in Private Sector Development, A Guide for Donor Staff, SDC, 2019.

What donor agency staff need to know, in order to take full advantage of the DCED Standard for Results Measurement in the programmes they supervise. Written by Hans Posthumus for SDC.

4. One-page Overview of Private Sector Development, DCED 2019

Provides an overview of the generally-accepted categories within the field of Private Sector Development, with links to the relevant parts of the DCED website for further information.

5. The Operational Guide for the Marking Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) Approach, Springfield Centre, 2015.

Guidance, not a manual, covering strategy, diagnosis, vision, intervention, measurement and management when applying the M4P approach. Definitive work.

6. The DCED Standard for Measuring Results in Private Sector Development, 2017.

Covers the detailed Control Points and Compliance Criteria of the Standard – primarily intended for programmes that are using the Standard in their management processes. It also covers scoring and definitions. Introductory materials and guidance are better places to start, for those who are curious.

7. Business Development Services for Small Enterprises: Guiding Principles for Donor Intervention, DCED, 2001.

Apparently a timeless classic, setting out the early thinking that led to the approach of Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P); it was based on case material gleaned through a series of five conferences, organised by the Committee over two years. Controversial when it first came out.

8. Towards strategic private sector engagement: A summary of innovations and institutional change in donor agencies. DCED, 2018.

Documents how development organisations are changing policies and procedures, staff roles and team structures, as well as staff capacity and incentives to enable private sector engagement. This is a two-page summary based on the 34-page report original report; the one-page checklist is also frequently downloaded.

9. Synthesis Note on Women’s Economic Empowerment, DCED, 2019

Covers Making the case, Definitions, Constraints and Opportunities, and Measuring impact on WEE, in 6 pages.

10=. Synthesis Note on Industrial Policy, DCED, 2017.

Summarises evidence and debates around Industrial Policy, including definitions, when Industrial Policy (IP) is a good idea, what kinds are effective, and the role of political economy. It also discusses whether IP serves the poor, and what donors can do. More detail and references are included on the Industrial Policy knowledge page.

10=. Guidelines to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Articulating the Results Chain, 2017.

Explains what results chains are, how to articulate them, and how to use them. It also explains the requirements of the DCED Standard in this area.

12. Guidelines to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Defining Indicators, 2018

Explains what indicators are, how to choose them, and gives examples; it also touches on qualitative and proxy indicators, how to use them, and links to other resources.

13. How to create an enabling environment for inclusive business? Learning from experience and debates in PSD, DCED, 2017.

Two-page summary of a Paper that asks how  agencies can help to create an enabling environment for inclusive business in partner countries. And how, if at all, does this differ from regulatory and policy reform to facilitate private investment in general? In order to help answer these questions, this paper summarises a very large body of emerging evidence, structuring it into key debates for further exploration.

14. Measuring Job Creation in PSD, DCED 2014

Offers practical advice and examples on how to measure job creation and job quality. It is written for PSD programmes and is particularly relevant for those using the DCED Standard for results measurement.

15. Donor Engagement in Innovative Finance: Opportunities and Obstacles, DCED 2019

2-pager on key issues for donors, including: definitions and discourse; evidence on results; ‘best fit’ roles for donors; and capacity for performing new roles. Includes a summary graphic of innovative finance concepts.


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