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Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments Strengthening inclusive participation and responsive institutions through measuring

The mushrooming industry of indicators World Governance Assessment Global Accountability Report Gender Empowerment Measure Press Freedom GAPS in Workers’ Rights BEEPS

Eurobarometer Polity Freedom in the World

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Index of East Asia Bribe Payers Index Economic Barometer Freedom Opacity Commitment to Index CIRI Development Governance Human Rights Matters Database Afrobarometer

Global Competitiveness Index CPIA (WB)


Bertelsmann Corruption Perception Transformation Index Media Index Open Journalists Sustainability Budget killed Index Index

International Country Risk Guide



Global Integrity Index













This raises challenges for national actors… • • • •

Lack of transparency Burden on government Lack of understanding Situation of specific populations or groups

UNDP ’s Global Programme on Country -Led Governance Assessments


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Why the demand for support? 1. Aspirations by national stakeholders 2. Donor policies 3. Challenge of ranking and ’shaming’

The programme

Offers guidance, technical assistance, financial support aimed at strengthening national capacity to conduct democratic governance assessments.

The dual role of assessments

• By strengthening the demand side of governance (an accountability mechanism) • By strengthening the supply side of governance (evidence base for national decision making)

Support to 16 countries (200911)

● Mongolia ● Macedonia

● Morocco Barbados & ● Egypt ● Mexico ● Eastern Caribbean ● Senegal ● Djibouti ● Nicaragua ● Nigeria ● Angola

● Chile

● Malawi

● Tajikistan ● Bhutan

● Indonesia

What is a country - led assessment ?


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Country-led assessments

• Undertaken by a country on its own initiative • Can be initiated by government, civil society, research institutes • Range in focus (comprehensive or sectoral) • Active participation of state and non-state actors • Results feed into policy-making processes 10

Key steps in conducting a country-led governance assessment Identify key stakeholders

Decide on sampling

Analyse results

Establish a steering committee

Decide on how to collect data

Disseminate results

Identify national institution or civil society organisation for hosting initiative

Decide on indicators

Conduct multistakeholder consultation

Decide on assessment framework

Develop policy recommen dations

Raise funds

Conduct multistakeholder dialogue on governance priorities

Select type of assessment

Conduct policy reform or advocate for reform

Decide on who will do the research

Institutionalize the assessment and repeat at regular intervals

Ten features of an effective DG assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Alignment to national political priorities and processes Assessment is country contextualized Methodology is rigorous Selection of indicators is transparent and participatory Results are stored in a public national database Indicators are pro-poor and gender-sensitive Capacity of national stakeholders is developed Cost-effective and timely The results are widely communicated The assessment is repeated 12


Increasing uptake: Matching technical rigour to policy relevance Data Producers

Data Users

•Statisticians •Officials •Researchers

•Policy Makers •Parliament •Political Parties •Civil society

Improving dialogue

Getting appropriate buy-in Improving


Reliable & “usability” dissemination trustworthy of evidence evidence



Incentives to use evidence

Trends on Measuring Corruption/Governance • Moving away from global indexes • Country contextualization • Political economy and sector focus • ‘Actionable data’ •Key institutions: WB, TI, Global Integrity


OGC Knowledge Products

– – User Guides and training material – Country examples – GAP Portal

www.gaportal.or g www.gaportal.or