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Donor approaches to Governance Assessments 2009: Sourcebook

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This sourcebook is intended to help agency staff, partner country stakeholders and practitioners in their work on governance assessments, in which donor aid agencies are actively involved. It is divided into two parts. The first part explains why donors assess governance, what they assess and how they assess while the second provides an overview of the tools and methodologies that aid agencies have used. This book gives a typology of donor approaches to governance assessments based on three criteria:

  1. What is being assessed: general governance or specific aspects?
  2. What are the approaches taken to assess data and analysis: quantitative, qualitative and/or political economy approaches?
  3. What role do country partners play in the assessment process: little or no role; some role; or full partner role?








This manual also highlights a number of important issues, including:
  • Nationally-driven governance assessments: Donor governance assessments are legitimate and important for many reasons, but they cannot be used to drive domestic dialogue about governance at general, thematic and sectoral levels in the same way as nationally driven and peer-based assessments.
  • Purpose of donors’ governance assessments: Separating governance assessments intended for an agency’s internal purposes from those for impact on partner country processes.
  • Harmonisation of, and participation in, governance assessments: This is particularly important when the primary purpose of donor assessment is to engage domestic stakeholders, stimulate dialogue and promote governance reform.
  • Making assessment results public whenever possible: While transparency is to be preferred, it is important to recognise that sometimes results may be sensitive and could create conflict rather than constructive engagement.