General Budget Support Evaluability Study Phase 1. Final Synthesis Report. Report to DFID
This is the report of study of country experiences of General Budget Support, commissioned by DFID Evaluation Department. The exercise was conceived as an “evaluability study” – that is, an initial enquiry to settle a number of preliminary questions and help in the design an eventual programme of joint evaluation or research. The focus of the study is on the claims made about GBS as an aid modality, and its suitability, effectiveness and sustainability as a means of channelling international support to poverty reduction. Central issues are:
♦ the degree to which the theoretical claims about GBS are reflected in the views and intentions of donors and recipent Governments about the purposes of specific GBS programmes, and
♦ the extent to which these claims remain plausible in the light of current programme realities.
The present report is a synthesis of findings from work undertaken in Uganda, on the Mozambique GBS programme and in Andhra Pradesh, India. It draws most heavily on the Uganda experience, which is longer and better established than the case of Mozambique, while the AP case is taken principally as an instance of GBS in a low-aid dependency setting.
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