What are the key components for an effective Country Results Framework?
During the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, there was a demand for an increased results focus by both development partners and partner countries. The emphasis was also placed on increasing the quality of the results frameworks and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E systems) to provide both governments and development partners with quality data and information.
In response to this demand, the Global Partnership Initiative on Results and Mutual Accountability (GPI R&MA) of the of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) launched a pilot programme to find ways to enhance the use of the Country Results Frameworks (CRF). The Country Results Framework (CRF) was piloted from January 2015 to January 2017 in about 20 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean. Each region was coordinated by a regional development agency: the NEPAD Agency through its African Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) in Africa, the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) in Asia Pacific and Proyecto de Integración y Desarrollo de Mesoamérica (PM) in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The two-year experiences of the CRF pilot programme show that although CRFs vary in scope and content in the different countries, for the Country Results Frameworks to function better there must be more effective linkages between the political and technical leadership. At the political level, leadership needs to provide oversight, guide coordination processes and be accountable for results. At the technical level there must be the capacity to ensure that:
- The National Development Plans (NDPs) have a manageable set of targets and indicators to assess results;
- A realistic M&E system – data collection, analysis and policy inputs – is in place to guide implementation
- The NDP is costed and can make use of the various financial resources available for each country, leading to an Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF);
- Global (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals) and regional (e.g. AU Vision 2063) priorities are integrated in the NDP.
- Stimulate strong institutional arrangements for improved functioning between national, sector and sub-national level. Regional coordination for results becomes increasingly important as well.
- Organise multi-stakeholder involvement to be used for decision making and accountability by political leadership.