This Collaboration with the Quality Assurance (QA) Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is now in its second phase, running until December 2018. The aim of the program is to improve the quality and effectiveness of SDC processes and operations focused on poverty.

Recent Submissions

  • Opportunities for Using Complexity-Aware Approaches to Theory of Change 

    Goodier, Sarah; Apgar, Marina (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-08)
    The purpose of this briefing note is to review opportunities for using complexity aware approaches to Theory of Change (ToC) to inform the SDC approach. It provides an overview of complexity-aware approaches and then focuses ...
  • State of the Art on Use of Theory of Change in the Development Sector 

    Goodier, Sarah; Apgar, Marina; Clark, Louise (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-08)
    The purpose of this briefing note is to add to SDC’s understanding of Theory of Change (ToC), drawing on the literature and practice to sketch out the current state of the art approach. This involves expanding on ToC ...
  • Equity and Inclusion in Health Programming 

    Shankland, Alex; MacGregor, Hayley (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-08)
    Equity and inclusion are key issues for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), given its strong commitment to the Agenda 2030 principle of “leaving no one behind” and to achieving Universal Health Coverage. ...
  • Agency Positions on Social Protection 

    Devereux, Stephen; Roelen, Keetie (Institute of Development Studies, 2016-03)
    Social protection emerged as a significant strand of development policy in the 1990s, out of the ‘social safety nets’ that dominated government and agency responses to socioeconomic crises such as HIV and AIDS, structural ...
  • Light-Touch Mapping of SDC Activities in Social Protection 

    Roelen, Keetie; Devereux, Stephen (Institute of Development Studies, 2016-03)
    Social protection is not explicitly mentioned as part of SDC’s strategic objectives 2017- 2020 or listed as a SDC priority theme (as outlined in ‘Dispatch 2017-2020’). Yet many SDC country offices do engage with social ...
  • Mirror Event on Water and Power 

    Mehta, Lyla (Institute of Development Studies, 2017-08)
    Inequality in access to water and sanitation is one of the biggest development challenges of the twenty-first century. In 2015, 663 million people around the globe lacked access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion ...
  • Making Local Governance Inclusive for the 'Leave No One Behind' Agenda 

    Mohmand, Shandana (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-08)
    A major aim of decentralised governance is to bring government closer to people and, in the process, deliver services in an equitable and efficient manner, in accordance with the expressed needs of citizens. The fact ...
  • 'Hot Topics' in Social Protection 

    Roelen, Keetie; Devereux, Stephen (Institute of Development Studies, 2016-03)
    Social protection has become an inherent element of the development response and is one of the success stories of development policy in the early twenty-first century. It is widely considered to expand and remain an ...