The Spindle Conference: Analysing the efficiency of development interventions
do 23 mei 2019 | 9:30 – 15:00 | Haagse Toren in Den Haag |

Are the costs of an intervention proportionate to the outcomes and impact of that intervention? That is the key question the Efficiency Lab has been dealing with over the past one-and-a-half years.

This Efficiency Lab was established by Partos & The Spindle, together with 15 Partos member organisations, since it was found that in development projects the efficiency question is often not addressed adequately. We now have some important lessons to share.

During this Conference on Efficiency the findings and lessons learned will be presented, with a look into the consequences that lessons learned might have for the evaluation of the strategic partnerships.

4 Organisations will share their findings with pilots in which they developed and tested a ‘Theory of Efficiency’ method:

  • Woord & Daad - They conducted a cost-benefit analysis of a value chain development project in the cashew sector in Benin and Burkina Faso, in which (smallholder) farmers, processors and service providers are enabled to increase productivity and efficiency in a collaborative way. The CBA analysis provided insights into the benefits for society and for each of the target groups.
  • Aflatoun - This organisation applied the method of cost-effectiveness analysis of two different approaches to educate young out-of-school mothers who are excluded from the public secondary school system. The findings were used to advise the Tanzanian government and to scale up one of the two approaches.
  • Simavi - Simavi and its partners, SEBAC and KIDS, have chosen the follow-the-money approach to improve the efficiency of interventions to improve the health and the wellbeing of pregnant women and young mothers during the implementation of the programme. In the evaluation stage, they will use a cost-utility Analysis to relate benefits, in terms of health and well-being, to costs.
  • War Child - This pilot started with an attempt to conduct an efficiency analysis of a proposal for the community-based peacebuilding project in Jonglei, South Sudan. For various reasons, this turned out to be too difficult. Subsequently, two projects in Bogota, Colombia were selected. Both projects target young people who run the risks of being recruited by violent gangs. A partial cost-effectiveness analysis was used to find out which of the two approaches generated most results compared to the costs of the project.

The Spindle | Conference – Analysing the efficiency of development interventions

Deelname aan de conferentie is gratis voor NEDWORC-leden, want Vereniging NEDWORC is lid-organisatie van Partos.


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