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    Evaluation standards for private sector projects

    By - 24 de May de 2012, 7:57 am

    By Ichiro Toda*

    There is a growing interest in how to measure the contribution of private sector activities to development of low income countries. Rigorous impact evaluation methodologies, with randomized control trials, have been applied in private sector initiatives, including support for microfinance institutions, business development or SME support.

    In terms of measuring private sector activities’ reach, there is an ongoing effort by impact investors to standardize the taxonomy of indicators, such as IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards).

    Multilateral Development Banks, including the Inter-American Development Bank, developed a common evaluation framework for their investment operations (mainly through equity, debt and/or guarantees) in 2001, called the “Evaluation Cooperation Group’s Good Practice Standards for Evaluation of Private Sector Investment Operations” (ECG-GPS).

    So, what are these standards?

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