The most popular downloads from the DCED site

The 15 most popular downloads on in the 12 months to 3rd August 2017 are listed below, in decreasing order of popularity; it does not include data for the DCED databases for value chain development or business environment reform. 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, April 2017.

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


2. Monitoring and Measuring Results in Private Sector Development, April 2016.

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.


3. DCED Reader on Results Measurement, September 2017.

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


4. The Operational Guide for the Marking Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) Approach, August 2015.

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


5. DCED Synthesis Note on Industrial Policy, September 2017.

Summarises evidence and debates around Industrial Policy, including definitions, when 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.


6. The DCED Standard for Measuring Results in Private Sector Development, April 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: DCED Guiding Principles for Donor Intervention, 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, held over two years. Very controversial and influential when it first came out, this is now largely mainstream.


8. How to create an enabling environment for inclusive business? Learning from experience and debates in PSD, October 2016.

Reviews what the term ‘inclusive business’ means, and explores in detail the evidence to date about the effectiveness of different reform options in facilitating inclusive business. It concludes that much experience to date in creating an enabling environment for business, and in industrial strategy, is probably relevant to the relatively new field of inclusive business. Written by Melina Heinrich-Fernandes for the DCED BEWG.


9. How donors can make the transition to strategic private sector engagement, March 2017.

Covers changes that pioneering agencies are implementing, to facilitate more systematic, rather than transactional, engagement with business to achieve development results. This includes changing policies, procedures and programming frameworks; changing roles, teams and responsibilities of staff; and building staff skills, experience and buy-in. Written by Melina Heinrich-Fernandes for DCED.


10. Results measurement in impact investing: A preliminary review, October 2016.

Explores the current state of results measurement in impact investing, comparing it with results measurement in PSD to identify opportunities for exchange of experience, and further evolution. In particular, it relates experience with the DCED Standard for results measurement, to guidelines on measurement in impact investing. Written by Donna Loveridge for the DCED RMWG.


11. Guideline to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Articulating the Results Chain, May 2017.

The DCED Standard is theory-based, meaning that measurement is based on the programme’s theory of change – articulated in the form of a results chain. This guideline gives advice on how to articulate a results chain in appropriate detail, so that it forms a good basis for the other elements of the Standard.


12. Demonstrating additionality in PSD initiatives: A practical exploration of good practice, April 2014.

Defines the various types of additionality, arguing that agencies have not yet been systematic in demonstrating additionality, despite its importance. The Paper proposes eight criteria to be considered, and eight principles for assessing and enhancing ex-ante additionality. Written by Melina Heinrich-Fernandes for the DCED.


13. Supporting Business Environment Reforms: Practical guidance for development agencies, 2008.

Clarifies the scope of the term ‘business environment reform’, listing fifteen principles of good practice. It also lists six contested issues, that had yet to be resolved. Subsequent Annexes added to this core document, on focused themes within BER. Written by Simon White for the BEWG.


14. Business Environment Reform and Gender, August 2016.

Reviews the literature on factors in the business environment that impact women’s enterprises and employment. It then provides an overview of BER programmes that target women or mainstream gender. Finally, it gives practical insights on lessons learned from previous BER and gender programmes. An Annex to the guidance, and case studies, followed this work. Written by Katherine Miles for the BEWG.


15. Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in PSD: Guidelines for Practitioners, July 2014.

Uses the framework of the DCED Standard for results measurement to give practical advice on measuring WEE in PSD programmes, including a focus on household-level results. It also documents how to make each aspect of results measurement more gender-responsive. Subsequently built on in the Paper on How to integrate gender and WEE into PSD programmes, May 2017. Written by Erin Markel for the DCED WEE WG.

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