Beneficiary feedback

Citizen-generated evidence: the role of feedback in policy making

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Established in December 2012, the African Evidence Network is a community of researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners who have interest in evidence, its production and use in decision making. More than 120 participants were assembled in Johannesburg to ask: can evidence change lives? What is ‘evidence’? Feedback as evidence When you hear the word […]

The state of development cooperation in Kenya


Development partners have made considerable progress in expanding and improving the quality of official development assistance (ODA) since the agreements on the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. This has been a culmination of a series of high level meetings and commitments that date back to 2003 in Rome, Italy, to 2011 in Busan, South Korea. […]

Open Nepal: What we learned in 2013, and what’s coming next

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Open Nepal is a coalition of Nepali organisations, currently including Freedom Forum, Young Innovations and NGO Federation of Nepal. DI supports and works with Open Nepal as part of our wider involvement with three national open development initiatives in Nepal, Kenya and Uganda.  This is a guest post by Pavitra Rana, Coordinator of Open Nepal.  […]

Geocoding: a route to deeper transparency


Introduction by Joni Hillman, Aid Transparency Programme Manager  One of the purposes of IATI was to make information about aid not only more transparent, but easier for stakeholders in developing countries, and elsewhere, to actually use. Geocoding is one of the most exciting developments in this regard, meaning aid money can be traced to a […]

Event: Nov 21 - Round Table on basic education in Kenya


Development Initiatives – Africa Hub is convening the next Africacounts Roundtable Forum on Thursday 21st November, 2013 at the Laico Regency Hotel – Nairobi from 0800hrs to 1630hrs. The round table will bring together education sector stakeholders (from the private sector, ministry of education and other related government departments, the media, educationists, development partners, academia as well as CSOs) to […]

It's our money, where's it gone? Video about Muhuri project


This great video by our friends at the International Budget Partnership tells a story about the impacts of access to information on development in society. It documents the work in Kenya of a civil society organisation called Muhuri.

Reviewing beneficiary feedback mechanisms


This new report provides an overview of current literature and practice around ending poverty and how to communicate with, listen to and include beneficiaries of aid in planning, implementation and monitoring. It has been used to inform the work of Development Initiatives (DI) and its Ugandan partner Development Research and Training (DRT).

Senior UK committee calls for eradication of poverty

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Tom Berry reflects on the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee report on the post-2015 development goals.  Momentum gathers towards the UN High Level Panel in Liberia next month with the publication of the UK parliament’s International Development Committee report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is particularly significant as UK Prime Minister David Cameron is […]