Description: Monday 25 September 2017, 14.30-16.30
DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
The quality of partnerships is key. The richer countries spend about €140 billion yearly on overseas aid, mainly to keep human development going. These efforts are undermined by climate change, water-catchment damage, biodiversity loss, and desertification, and their interactions with social systems at all scales, which few aid designs or evaluations fully address. This must change if aid performance is to be improved. Constraints to overcome include limited understanding of the very complex systems that aid investments affect, and of the ecology behind climate change adaptation and mitigation.
This seminar will discuss how to address these problems and others, by looking at the use of multiple points of view (including core evaluation criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability, connectedness, coherence, and replicability, and other key considerations of partner satisfaction, cross-cutting themes, and design quality) to describe each aid investment as a complex system in its own unique context. It will also explore the need for understanding the historical, social, and ecological context of any investment as part of due diligence in evaluation or design, issues to do with the quality of partnerships, and the detection of ripening circumstances that allow transformations to be achieved.
In his most recent book, Aid Performance and Climate Change, Julian Caldecott compiles lessons into a practical guide to the design and evaluation of investments related to climate change mitigation (REDD+, low-carbon technologies) and adaptation (ecosystems, biodiversity, water). With examples of success and failure throughout, Julian Caldecott reviews cases, ideas, and options for mitigation using technology and ecology for adaptation by preserving resilience and diversity, while exploring related priorities, treaties, and opportunities. His book combines an empirical, eye-witness approach with methodological conclusions, and offers a resource for those looking to improve aid design and evaluation, and to train the next generation of aid professionals in ways that respond to the causes and consequences of climate change.
Julian Caldecott, PhD, Director, Creatura Ltd
Mike Speirs, Senior Adviser, Evaluation & Research Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Ole Winckler Andersen, Senior Analyst, DIIS
0:00-4:10 Welcome, Helle Munk Ravnborg
4:13-43:14 Aid Performance and Climate Change, Julian Caldecott
43:57-55:04 Discussant, Mike Speirs
55:24-1:03:05 Discussant, Ole Winckler Andersen
1:03:11-1:49:48 Q&A, Moderator: Helle Munk Ravnborg
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25 Sep 2017