Budgets of Empowerment and Accountability Projects

Projects in the Empowerment and Accountability portfolio are either entirely focused on empowerment and accountability objectives, or have a component of a wider project focused on empowerment and accountability. The data presented here is based on the total project budget, regardless of whether the entire project targets empowerment and accountability or just a component. We do however indicate the proportion of each of these two categories in each budget range.

If the project’s objective is relevant to the Empowerment and Accountability policy frame then it is classified as wholly relevant. If one or more project outputs (but not all) are relevant to the Empowerment and Accountability policy frame then the project is classified as component relevant.

The total project budget is not always available for all empowerment and accountability projects included in the database. This was the case for over 70 of the projects reviewed.

Some projects in the portfolio are funded by DFID only, whilst others are co-funded by DFID and other donors, such as national governments, regional governments or private sector organisations.

For those empowerment and accountability projects where budget information was available, the total size of project budgets varies considerably but 31% of the projects have budgets between £20 million and £50 million and 24% of projects have a budget between £10 to 20 million. A greater proportion of projects that contain budgets within these ranges are wholly relevant to empowerment and accountability, rather than contain a component that is relevant.

In total, 67% of projects with budgets are in the range of £10 million or more. Whilst the project with the largest budget range of £100 million or more is wholly relevant to empowerment and accountability, a greater proportion of projects with budget ranges of £50 to £100 million have components that are relevant to empowerment and accountability.

Only 33% of projects with budgets are less than £10 million in total value. Whilst all projects with a budget range of £2-5 million are wholly relevant to empowerment and accountability, no projects with a budget range of £5-10 million are wholly relevant, instead containing a component that is relevant to empowerment and accountability.

Of the total portfolio (including projects with no budget information), there is a greater proportion (56%) of empowerment and accountability projects that are wholly relevant to this area, rather than contain a component (44%) that is relevant to empowerment and accountability.

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