Measuring and Managing Efficiency in Development Programmes
While the focus with efficiency in development settings is often only on accountability, our endeavour is to contribute to the more effective solutions to development challenges by more systematically posing the efficiency question when selecting, executing, evaluating and assessing development interventions. In fact, focus on measuring and managing efficiency in development could be a key driver of innovation in development cooperation.
Context, international cooperation and I&SConsulting have been working on issues of efficiency for many years. We have developed and supported tailor-made learning trajectories on efficiency and related domains for INGOs, social investors, UN agencies and other actors in devleopment cooperation.
We engaged very actively as one of the few players in the sector in promotion and mainstreaming of the Social Return on Investment approach. We did so through capacity building, training, support to SROI studies, publications and organsiation of master classes for develoment practicioners. Client organisations in this respect included IFAD, Cordaid, Oxfam, Action Aid, Rikolto, Light for the World, ICCO, Spark, Stcihting het Groene Woudt, and 4de Pijlersteunpunt.
Pol De Greve of I&SConsulting and associate with Context served as member on the (3 persons) expert panel of the Efficiency Lab of the Netherlands INGO umbrella organisation PARTOS https://thespindle.org/project/efficiency-2/ which ran from 2071 to 2019.