Managing for Development Results (MfDR)

Managing for Development Results (MfDR) is a management strategy that focuses on using performance information to improve decision making and involving using practical tools for strategic planning, risk management, progress monitoring, and outcome evaluation.

MfDR relies on the principles of Results Based Management and strives to adapt actions and focus to specific programmes, project and regional specificities. The MfDR Core Principles form the foundation of managing for results. These principles are applicable at all levels and within a variety of interventions (national, sector, program, project and organization). They influence the use of specific strategies and tools at various phases of national development programming. The 2nd International Round Table on Managing for Development Results, in Marrakech (2004) identified these principles as follows:

  • Relying on and supporting partner countries own priorities, objectives, and results. This implies alignment with the national strategy (a sound poverty reduction strategy or equivalent, with national linkage to the Millennium Development Goals as applicable) and use of reliable national systems and procedures (including the governments budget, reporting cycle, and monitoring timetable).
  • Coordinating with other development agencies under partner country leadership to promote joint action whenever possible (including through delegated cooperation that is, one donor acting on behalf of another).
  • Strengthening  partner countries own institutions, systems, and capabilities to plan and implement projects and programs, report on results, and evaluating their development processes and outcomes, avoiding parallel donor-driven mechanisms.

By these principles MfDR is poised to  help developing countries focus on results so they can make better policy decisions and design better strategies. It should be noted that managing for development effectiveness differs from managing for aids effectiveness because the former emphasizes building core national capacities, outside of donor intervention, to achieve impactful development results for its citizens.

3psmars focuses on these national specificities on managing for development effectiveness, where ownership is the watchword, while drawing inspiration from the international and donor dimensions.