Swedish gender policy

Sida has decided to carry out an evaluation of the policy dialogue as a development cooperation instrument.

This has not been done before on a systematic basis, partly because it is a “soft” tool and thus difficult to evaluate, and partly because the objectives of the policy dialogue are not always well defined.

Sida notes that Policy dialogue between donors and recipient governments can be understood as a negotiation over the allocation of values. On the surface, dialogue appears to be more about the allocation of resources, but the allocation of those resources are guided by values.

A policy dialogue cannot be a linear process, Sida writes. It is a continuous, sometimes contested, reshaped and adaptive process depending upon how the political and cultural context changes.

The objectives of this evaluation are to get a better understanding of what constitutes successful policy dialogue on gender equality. The study will map and systematise different types of policy dialog on gender equality; identify strengths and weaknesses of different approaches; determine the actual outcome of dialogues and what of this is “measurable”; and summarise lessons learned and propose useful approaches.

Tenders for this evaluation are to be submitted to Sida by December 16, 2013.