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Result-Based Management and Humanitarian Action – Do We Really Want to Go There?: A study on results management and performance monitoring at Sida’s Humanitarian Unit
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many actors claim results to be at the heart of their operations and to apply the Result-Based Management (RBM) approach in delivering humanitarian assistance, yet few are capable of clearly defining what it means and the long-term effects of this approach. Although seemingly simple from an outsider's perspective, the long-going debate on how to best measure and handle results demonstrate the complexity of the issue. This research examines how the RBM approach can be used by a humanitarian donor and looks specifically at the humanitarian unit (HUM) at Sida's methods for measuring results. It demonstrates that the difficulty in operationalizing ambitious goals and the lack of clarity of objectives hinder HUM from using results management to its full potential, especially when it comes to using the learning component to inform decision-making. The kind of results obtained depended on the reporting mechanisms and the partnership approach used at HUM facilitates the assessment of results; HUM's extensive knowledge of their partner's work is a comparative advantage which is not part of the RBM approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
Result-Based Management, Humanitarian Action
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220863DiVA: diva2:706808
Subject / course
International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action
Available from: 2014-04-08 Created: 2014-03-21 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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