CDR at Bond Conference
Delivering lasting change through collaboration
The Centre for Development Results (CDR) recently spoke at Bond’s annual conference about the role that its members have in ensuring UK aid is delivering results for those that need it most.
With the increased scrutiny on the effectiveness of the delivery of UK aid programmes and the Secretary of State’s focus on ensuring effectiveness, good governance and transparency, it is more important than ever that everyone involved in delivering global aid works together and learns from each other.
CDR’s Executive Director Jessica Toale contributed to a panel for senior leaders and boards titled “Driving Impact from the Top” alongside ICAI Chief Commissioner Alison Evans and PeaceDirect’s CEO Dylan Mathews. She talked about how enhancing the impact and the value of UK aid requires the collective action of organisations across the sector to drive change and challenge how effectively aid programmes are delivered – one of the key objectives of CDR.
As well as highlighting the cumulative impact of their work and how this can be enhanced, CDR member companies are working closely with DFID to strengthen their procurement and contracting processes and the implications of these on delivering aid on the ground and getting the best possible results for those that it is intended.
Driving change requires a combination of high-level political buy-in, united policy positions and the evidence base to support the position. CDR member companies have been working in particular to:
Explore the cumulative impact of our projects at country-level and what lessons we can learn and apply from innovative approaches
Understand the impact of in-country taxes and the benefit that consistently applied exemption could have to cost of operations, beneficiary impact and supporting SMEs to bid for and win work
Support changes to DFID’s contracting processes on delivering impact, the cost of compliance and working more closely with SMEs and local organisations
Ultimately, CDR members are united in their aim to deliver life-changing results for people in receipt of aid around the world and provide the best possible value for money to the UK taxpayer. The imperative for collective action among our members and across the sector on this agenda and to enhance learning is clear. There are many opportunities for donors to work in increasingly consultative ways with their partners to ensure that they are also supporting this process.