In 2017, Sida will spend around 20 billion SEK on aid, with the mission to reduce poverty and help people to improve their lives. Different kinds of interventions are funded to reach this goal, but how do we know that poverty is being fought in the most effective way? What drives the decisions leading up to what to prioritise, and how can we ensure more "bang for the buck"?
The Government policy framework for Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian assistance is based on the Agenda 2030 with its 17 Global Goals and 169 targets. The framework is characterised by its many perspectives and targets, all of which are to be considered in Sida's support for a broad range of interventions. Many aspects – such as relevance analysis and Swedish comparative advantage – shape aid spending. However, without methods for prioritisation, there is a risk that technical merit and effectiveness is ignored in the decision-making process.
Given the pressures and limits on funding, discussions over efficiency and evidence-based prioritisation are even more necessary. In economics research, there are straightforward approaches to compare the costs and benefits of different courses of action, and see which yields the best results. The think-tank Copenhagen Consensus Center has used cost-benefit analysis to help identify the smartest solutions to the world's biggest problems, and has recently been working with the governments of Bangladesh, Haiti and India to support better policy prioritisation.
In collaboration with the Copenhagen Consensus Center, Sida invites you to a seminar that aims to bridge the gap between researchers and development practitioners. Different perspectives will be presented and discussed on how development solutions can be prioritised and aid budgets spent in the most effective way.
Plats: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Datum: 16 november, 2017
Tid: 13:15 - 16:00
Seminariet kommer att sammanfattas av Sofia Brännström på Biståndsdebatten.se. Sammanfattningen publiceras på denna sida snarast efter att eventet ägt rum.