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DFID’s work on VFM so far… Claire Vallings Governance and Social Development Department DFID 30 March 2011.

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1 DFID’s work on VFM so far… Claire Vallings Governance and Social Development Department DFID 30 March 2011

2 OVERVIEW Value for Money generally in DFID Value for Money in Governance

3 DFID’s VFM Thinking VFM is about improving aid effectiveness: - “we maximise the impact of UK aid so it makes the most difference to the poorest people in the world” This requires: –Clear Vision –Clear Results –Robust Partnerships –Strong Organisational Processes –Maximum Value

4 VFM is not about ‘How To’ Guidance and fixed ‘formulae’ Analysis delinked from process An add on Race to the bottom / cheapest –(Education in Ghana vs DRC) Risk avoidance Measuring only what can be measured

5 VFM is about Proportionate, considered approach Maximising resources Using common sense –not ‘what’s the VFM of conflict prevention?’ –but ‘am I preventing conflict as cost effectively as I can?’ Being consistent – what do you want to achieve?

6 Overall Joint learning process – DFID doesn’t have all the answers. But keen to share knowledge and lessons Continual improvement rather than a hurdle to jump over VFM should reinforce poverty and results focus, and enhance effective partnerships Building an organisational VFM culture, with partners Trail blazing - innovation welcome!

7 Where are we on governance? Indicators VFM Analytical Framework / Approach

8 Indicators  Theory of Change: articulate the logic of intervention  Confusion btw output and outcome  Need more on gender and pro-poor outcomes  Possible over-reliance on perceptions Future work:  Unit cost comparison  Measures of efficiency

9 VFM Analytical Framework

10 Options for VFM

11 Conclusions Still early days – don’t panic! Be proportionate / use common sense Do engage


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