The most popular downloads from the DCED site

The 15 most popular downloads on in the 12 months to February 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. 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.


3. DCED Reader on Results Measurement, 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. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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.



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. 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.


9. Demonstrating additionality in PSD initiatives: A practical exploration of good practice, DCED, 2014.

Two-page summary of a Paper that defines the various types of additionality, arguing that agencies have not yet been systematic in demonstrating additionality, despite its importance. It proposes eight criteria to be considered, and eight principles for assessing, documenting and enhancing ex-ante additionality.


10. 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.


11. 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. Synthesis Document: How to Integrate Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment into Private Sector Development Programmes, DCED, 2017.

Signposts proven, practical advice on integrating WEE in PSD programmes; clarifying steps on the way from a basic minimum to achievement of the full potential. This guidance is structured according to the elements of the DCED’s Standard for Results Measurement.


13. 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.


14. Latest Research & Evidence on PSD – Special Feature: Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment, DCED, 2017.

Brings together key findings from recent original studies on constraints and solutions to WEE, as well as the social and economic benefits of WEE.


15. Current Debates on Small Enterprise Development, DCED, 2018.

Unpacks the debates around whether to target small enterprises, and if so, how to do that most effectively – by reviewing evidence from around the world.




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