Measuring the Effects of Development Assistance: Impacts on Democracy

3 June, 15:00 – 15:45,

Welcome to a mini-seminar on evaluation methods and democracy aid arranged by EBA as part of the GEI gLocal Evaluation Week!

Reliable answers on the results of development assistance require well-developed methodologies for measuring cause, effect, and impact. A recent EBA report titled Effects of Swedish and International Democracy Aid has explored the effects of aid on countries’ level of democracy using quantitative comparative analysis. This seminar looks closer at the methodology used by the researchers to discuss challenges and opportunities for using quantitative analysis in development evaluation, with a particular focus on the effects of democracy aid.

Some of the questions that will be covered during the discussion are: what made it feasible to measure impacts using secondary data for this study? How were measures of democracy identified and selected for the analysis? How was the causal relationship between aid and democracy outcomes determined? What are the advantages, challenges, and risks, and how can the results be interpreted and used by practitioners and policy makers?

Participants:

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, PhD, Report author, Development Economist and Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER.

Elina Scheja, PhD, Lead Economist at the Chief Economist Team (CET) of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Jan Petterson, PhD, Managing Director at the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA).

Moderator: Lisa Hjelm, Programme Manager at the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA).

Registration:

This mini-seminar will be broadcast live on Zoom. Please register using the link in the column to the right.