The most popular downloads from the DCED site

The 15 most popular downloads on in the 12 months to March 2018 are listed below, in decreasing order of popularity; it does not include data for the DCED database for value chain development. A brief description of the entry, including why you may find it of interest, is included.

(Please note that the below documents are substantive publications, other less relevant downloads, e.g. conference agendas, were excluded.)


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. Towards strategic private sector engagement: A summary of innovations and institutional change in donor agencies. January 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 a 34-page DCED report original report (which is entry number 7 on this list).


5. 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.



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. 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 the DCED.


8. DCED Synthesis Note on Industrial Policy, September 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.


9. 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.


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


11. 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.


12. Impact investing: measurement valued by investee businesses, July 2017.

Looks at the data being generated by impact investee organisations. Little is known about the forms of impact data generated and valued by these enterprises, particularly why they are generating it and how they are using it. The study concludes that impact management is at a nascent stage in its development, and that further support is needed to catalyse further development.


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

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. Latest Research & Evidence on PSD – Special Feature: Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment, September 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. Guidelines to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Articulating the Results Chain, April 2017.

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


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