Conference programme: International Research Conference on the Effectiveness of Development Cooperation

Programme for the International Research Conference on the Effectiveness of Development Cooperation, held in Brussels, Belgium, on 17-18 November. Selected WIDER Working Papers, along with conference paper drafts and posters presented at the conference, are linked below. This page will be updated with links to recordings of the conference sessions and to additional WIDER Working Papers as they are released.

Programme, 17 November

TIME, UTC+1 Galaxy Satellite 6 Satellite 7
09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30-11:00 Plenary 1
Welcome and opening
Fiona Ramsey,  DG INTPA
Rachel M. Gisselquist, UNU-WIDER

Keynote: Is Aid Effective in Reducing Violence? | Presentation
Anke Hoeffler, University of Konstanz
Chair: Patricia Justino, UNU-WIDER
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Parallel 1.1Promoting Collective Action in a "Post-aid Effectiveness" World

Chair: Niels Keijzer and Stephan J. Klingebiel, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Stephan Klingebiel, Jonas Painter & Lisa Trebs | Modalities of Knowledge Interactions in International Cooperation: An Analysis of Selected Knowledge Actors
Svea Koch, Ina Friesen & Niels Keijzer | Emerging stronger from the crisis? Efforts towards stronger cooperation in EU development policy under “Team Europe”
Lena Gutheil & Dirk-Jan Koch | Civil society organizations and managerialism: on the depoliticization of the adaptive management agenda
Thilo Bodenstein & Mark Furness | Conflicting Policy and Practice Norms and Western Aid to the MENA Region since the Arab Uprisings
Daniel E. Esser & Hayatullah Jawad | Bilateral development cooperation to strengthen civil society in fragile and conflict-affected countries: Did Germany do no harm in Afghanistan?
Parallel 1.2 | Aid Effectiveness: Evidence from the Private Sector

Chair: Venla Voutilainen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Pietro Bomprezzi, Silvia Marchesi & Tania Masi | Firm-level evidence on the effects of European aid projects
Arays Abdullahi, Mohamed Kalid Ali, Elijah Kipchumba & Munshi Sulaiman | Micro-enterprise in Humanitarian Programming: Impact Evaluation of Business Grants vs. Unconditional Cash Transfer in Somalia
Alain Ndikumana | Does Chinese aid promote manufacturing industry in Africa?
Amal Ahmad, Leonard Krapf & Sebastian Vollmer | Aid effectiveness and participatory management:The case of water user groups
Parallel 1.3 | Aid in Fragile and Conflict Affected Contexts: Selected Case Studies

Chair: Miren Aguirre, European Commission

Muhammad Makki & Waseem Iftikhar Janjua | Understanding the Contextual Realities of Security-Development Nexus in the PostConflict North Waziristan, Pakistan
Primitivo III Cabanes Ragandang | Beyond development aid: dynamics of multi-stakeholders partnership among youth-led organizations in post-conflict communities in Mindanao, the Philippines
Ruth Castel-Branco | Fast-Tracking Financialization: The World Bank's Social Protection Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mozambique
Kambaiz Rafi | Contradictions of ‘Centralized-Minimalist’ Statebuilding; The Case of Afghanistan’s Constitutional Republic
Henry Mooney | Renewable energy mega projects in sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the relationship between deliberative democracy and mitigation of conflict over land
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:15 Poster session 1

Chair: Abrams M.E. Tagem, UNU-WIDER

Heather Lanthorn | “It became a fight:” the political economy of adopting and owning the AMFm Phase I pilot in Ghana
Raquel Ismara Leon De La Rosa | Gender equality and women empowerment: UN Women Second Chance Education programme in Tehuacán, México
Gilberto Marcos Antonio Rodrigues | Development co-operation, governance and democracy: how local autonomy may improve effective development co-operation?
Nerea Craviotto Ortega | Ownership: How Private Sector Instruments could threat progress on aid untying
Morgane Rosier | (Mis)applying the foreign aid effectiveness principles in Vanuatu: ownership, alignment, and harmonisation

Parallel 2.1 |  Ownership of Aid 1 

Chair: Izabella Toth, CORDAID

Ana Horigoshi & Samantha Custer | Aid reimagined: results from an elite survey on perceptions of progress, capacity, and development cooperation
Marie-Eve Desrosiers & Haley J. Swedlund | Implementing the Humanitarian-Peace-Development Nexus in the DRC: Challenges and opportunities across different security environments
Nadia Molenaers & Mohammad Mizanur Rahman | The aid effectiveness principles implementation gap: insights from the Bangladesh case
Timothy Donais & Alistair Edgar | Confronting the Inclusivity Paradox in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Parallel 2.2 | Aid, Politics, and Political Institutions in Recipient Countries

Chair: Laura Bretea, European Commission

Nematullah Bizhan | The politics and policies of aid-recipient countries and aid effectiveness | 
Ravi Kumar Gupta, Udit Maheshwari & Dhirendra Bahadur Singh | An Analysis of Impact of Personalism of Political Politics on Aid Effectiveness
Melissa David Samarin | Aid and democratic outcomes: findings from a systematic review
Luke Amadi | Can Development Co-operation be effective at the decline of multilateralism?: Evidence from empirical review and implications for inclusive partnerships
15:45-16:15 Coffee
16:15-16:45 Poster session 2

Chair: Abrams M.E. Tagem, UNU-WIDER

Sergio Ismael Vázquez Meneley | Are we doing well or are we going back? Evaluation of the implementation of the GPEDC in Latin America and the Caribbean
Pamela White | Whose Values Count? Building ownership in the water sector in Nepal 
Amitabha Sarkar | Mapping Development Effectiveness: World Bank in India’s Health Systems Landscape
Gloria Novovic | National Development Plans as Inclusive Policy Arena for National Development Ownership
Laura Radatz | Aid and Democracy – The Effectiveness of Conditional Development Aid
Innocent Okwanya | Aid Effectiveness and Poverty Nexus: Interrogating the Linkage between AID Delivery and Communal needs in Conflict-Prone Areas of sub-Saharan Africa
Maria Angela Zafra | Aid Effectiveness for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: The Case of the Philippines 
Veda Vaidyanathan Narayanaswami | India’s Development Cooperation in Africa: The Case of ‘Solar Mamas’ Who Bring Light
16:45-18:15 Parallel 3.1 | Transparency and Accountability

Chair: Sanna Takala, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Alexander De Juan, Paul Hofman & Carlo Koos More information, better knowledge? The effects of information campaigns on aid beneficiaries’ knowledge of aid projects
Kristine Eck | Police Oversight in Post-Conflict Security Sector Reform
Canh Thien Dang & Trudy Owens | NGO's motivation to diversify: self-interest or operation-related? Evidence from Uganda

Parallel 3.2 | Influence of Donor Countries and Organisations on Aid Effectiveness

Chair: Nathalie Larsen, DG INTPA

Ruth D. Carlitz | Aid Politics at Home and Abroad: Downstream Consequences of the Global Gag Rule
Amélie zu Eulenburg & Magdalena Orth-Rempel | The effectiveness of engaging the private sector in development cooperation – results from an evaluation synthesis conducted by Deval
Gulnaz Isabekova | The (Un)intended Effects of Harmonization among Development Organizations
Lea Smidt | When do Donors Mainstream Human Rights? Evidence from German Development Cooperation

18:15 Reception
Programme, 18 November

TIME, UTC+1 Galaxy Satellite 6 Satellite 7
08:30-09:00 Morning coffee
09:00-10:30 Parallel 4.1 | Ownership of Aid 2

Chair: Karen del Biondo, European Commission

Malin Hasselskog, Vedaste Ndizera & Joakim Öjendal | Connecting national ownership and local participation in aid recipient countries. The cases of Rwanda and Cambodia
Stephen Brown | Effective Development Cooperation and Sexual and Gender Minorities
Shumey B. Teshome & Paul Hoebink | Aid, Ownership, and Coordination in the Agriculture Sector in Ethiopia
Debapriya Bhattacharya, Towfiqul Islam Khan & Najeeba Mohammed Altaf | Unpacking 'Ownership' in Development Cooperation Effectiveness: Perspectives of Southern Recipients
Parallel 4.2 | Measuring and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Aid

Chair: Izabella Toth, CORDAID

Ravinder Bhavnani, Karsten Donnay, Nina Sophia Schlager & Mirko Reul | Defining Signatures of Resilience to Acute Malnutrition in Kenyan Households
Janos Borst, Thomas Wencker & Andreas Niekler | Using Text Classification with a Bayesian Correction for Estimating Overreporting in the Creditor Reporting System on Climate Adaptation Finance
Patrick Mabuza, Francis Kemeze, Oluwatoba Omotilewa, Mamadou Bah & Btissam Benkerroum | Assessment of institutional set-up of results measurement and reporting systems for non-sovereign operations in development finance institutions
Stefan Leiderer & Helge Roxin | Effectiveness of German Development Cooperation in dealing with conflict-induced migration crises
Parallel 4.3 | Econometric Analyses of the Development Outcomes of Aid

Chair: Eivind Hammersmark, Norad

Matthew Kofi Ocran | Politics, Policies and Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in Fragile States
Zunera Rana & Dirk-Jan Koch | Can fungibility of development aid lead to more effective achievement of the SDGs? An analysis of the aggregate welfare effect of aid fungibility
Sara Daub & Marina Dodlova | Development Aid in Times of Conflict: A Case Study of Iraq
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-12:30 Parallel 5.1 | Aid-Institutions Nexus

Chair: Mads Hove, DG INTPA

Mathieu Cloutier, Hodan Hassan, Deborah Isser & Gael Raballand | Understanding Somalia’s Social Contract and State-Building Efforts: Consequences for Donor Interventions
Thierry Kangoye | Aid, Institutional Transplants, and Democracy
Alessandro Belmonte, Vincenzo Bove & Jessica Di Salvatore | Donors for Tax Morale: Evidence from 34 African Countries
Ali Compaoré & Abrams M. E. Tagem | Does aid fragmentation affect tax revenue dynamics in developing countries? Observations with new data
Parallel 5.2 | Aid Effectiveness: Perspectives from the Health Sector

Chair: Arve Ofstad, ECORYS

Hany Besada | Development aid in fragile states
Investigating the effectiveness of COVID-19 aid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dick Durevall & Ann-Sofie Isaksson | Aid and child health: Local effects of aid on stunting in Malawi
Ryan Jablonski, Brigitte Seim, Mariana Carvalho & Clark Gibson | The Effects of Top-Down Monitoring on Medicine Theft
Léonce Ndikumana, Lynda Pickbourn & Ray Caraher | Does project-level aid for water and sanitation improve child health outcomes?
Evidence from household panel data in Uganda
Parallel 5.3Inclusive Knowledge Production for Effective Development Co-operation

Chair: Shailaja Fennell, University of Cambridge

Rekha Bhangaonkar | Can social learning support adaptive management? Groundwater governance in semi-arid India
Albert Sanghoon Park | Mapping 'Resilience' in ASEAN: Policy Transfer Challenges in Sustainable Development
Georges Quist | A Financial Straitjacket? Côte d’Ivoire’s National Development Banks
Noura Wahby | Corporatisation and Technopolitics: Water Billing in Cairo’s Urban Areas


12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:15 Plenary 2Past Lessons and Reflections on Aid Effectiveness

Chair: Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

David Carment & Yiagadeesen Samy | Aid Effectiveness in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts: Lessons from More than Two Decades of Research
Nilima Gulrajani | Development narratives in a post-aid era: Understanding the implications for the global effectiveness agenda
Christoph ZuercherEvidence on aid (in)effectiveness in highly fragile states: A synthesis of three systematic reviews of aid to Afghanistan, Mali, and South Sudan, 2008–21
Rachael Calleja & Beata Cichocka | Good for now but not forever: officials’ perspectives on the relevance of the effectiveness agenda and the need for change
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Patricia Justino & Andrea Vaccaro | Indicators of Aid Effectiveness: Empirical Linkages between Principles and Outcomes

Closing remarks:
Christina Etzell, DG INTPA
Rachel M. Gisselquist, UNU-WIDER
15:15-15:45 Coffee