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Evaluating budget support in Zambia

Experiences and potential for systemic evaluation

Programme-based approaches (PBAs), including sector and general budget support, are core elements of the Paris/Accra Agenda for more effective aid. One key characteristic of PBAs is the use of partner systems for the delivery of aid resources. At the same time, PBAs are intended to impact directly and indirectly on the political, administrative and governance systems through which they operate.

The resulting multiplicity of objectives (financing, efficiency, governance, etc.), the heterogeneity of programme inputs (funding, policy dialogue, conditionality, technical assistance) and the complex causal relations between these inputs and the political and governance systems within which they are provided, make evaluations of PBAs inherently complex and call for evaluation approaches based on the systemic analysis of all relevant interdependencies.

This presentation spells out a comprehensive, theory-based intervention logic of budget support, emphasising the non-linear, multidimensional and interdependent causal relations between governance system characteristics and dynamics and programme inputs. Based on the example of an ongoing evaluation of budget support in Zambia, the presentation describes case specific experiences and explores further potential to apply systemic approaches to evaluate programme-based aid interventions.


  • Stefan Leiderer


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