Joint evaluation of General Budget Support 1994-2004

DFID, Multi country

General budget support (GBS) has become more prominent since the late 1990s, as part of a wider quest to improve the effectiveness of aid. Funds provided through general budget support are disbursed through the recipient government’s own financial management system and are not earmarked for specific uses.

This evaluation of GBS was the largest sponsored by the OECD DAC to date. The study was commissioned jointly by a large group of bilateral and multilateral donors, together with partner countries, in order to evaluate to what extent, and under what circumstances, general budget support (GBS) is relevant, efficient and effective for achieving sustainable impacts on poverty reduction and growth.

This was a multi-country evaluation involving country studies in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Uganda and Vietnam. The evaluation drew on and refined a pioneering evaluation framework that had been developed and tested for DFID and the DAC evaluation network.

The people behind the project

Project leader: Stephen Lister

Principal Consultant and Director

Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant

Ann Bartholomew, Peter Oates, Brian Van Arkadie