This is the output from DFID-commissioned research into the use of pooled funding to support service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). The aim was to distil practical knowledge from existing studies and, in particular, to capture practitioner experience on the design and implementation of pooled funds, in order to produce:
- an updated summary of current knowledge and knowledge gaps (from a policy perspective) in a policy briefing note (Part I of the report);
- more detailed practical guidance for those working on establishing/managing pooled funds for service delivery in FCAS (Part II of the report).
The research team reviewed existing literature and selected for detailed review 16 pooled funds which covered a variety of countries, fund managers, and approaches to service delivery. The team’s review of case-study documentation was supported by extensive interviews with people involved in the case study funds, and sought to learn equally from successes and failures.
The full report is appended and also a shorter document comprising Part 1, the policy briefing note, alone (37 pp.).
Commins, S.; Davies, F.; Gordon, A.; Hodson, E.; Hughes, J.; Lister, S. Pooled funding to support service delivery: Lessons of experience from fragile and conflict-affected states. (2013) 87 pp.