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Issues and challenges of assessing the benefits of capacity development – experiences from the M4D programme in northern Nigeria

It is often argued that good governance is possible only when governing institutions perform to certain standards and that failures are due to declining capacities and capabilities. Capacity development[1] efforts, even when targeted at institutional strengthening, focus on the individuals that make up the institutions with the hope that they will use acquired skills …

How to evaluate if a programme really makes markets work for the poor – 10 Key points

Lots has been written about what can be achieved using a market systems or M4P approach, and similarly there also appears to be a consensus among practitioners that the approach can yield important benefits for poor people. However, robust evaluation evidence that actually demonstrates impact is thinner on the ground.

There are relatively few examples of rigorous …