Where tradition meets public sector innovation: a Rwandan case study for Results-Based Approaches

Stephan Klingebiel, Victoria Gonsior, Franziska Jakobs, Miriam Nikitka

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The acknowledgement of politics and institutions in developing countries is well in line with debates not only in the area of development effectiveness but also regarding new public management. Results-Based Approaches (RBApps), conceptually framed within these two debates, are designed to support outcome- and impact-oriented development goals. They link the achievement of results to monetary and/or non-monetary reward mechanisms. However, so far, development cooperation partners have mainly applied RBApps in the form of Results-Based Finance and Results-Based Aid. Through the provision of a conceptual framework, this paper embeds RBApps between different tiers of government within the discussion and applies Rwanda as a case study to it. Along the lines of Rwanda’s Domestic Performance Approach Imihigo, the article argues that development co-operation should be more proactive in considering these approaches, as they might be crucial in terms of sustainability and serve as a promising entry point for programmes supported by development partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1340-1358
Number of pages19
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2019

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  • Imihigo
  • Public sector reform
  • Rwanda
  • development effectiveness
  • results


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