Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is the region in which RIEs of our stocktaking were by far the most frequently conducted (71). The countries in which RIEs of our stocktaking were conducted most frequently are Uganda (13), Ethiopia (6), Malawi (5) and Zambia (5).
Much as with the sectoral distribution, the regional distribution of GDC does not closely reflect the distribution of German ODA flows. For example, although SSA has a share of 71% of RIEs within GDC, it only receives 30% of German ODA. One potential explanation is that RIEs are often initiated by motivated individuals and not embedded in an overarching ODA-oriented strategy. Aligning RIEs regionally with ODA flows is one possible strategy for identifying when and where to implement RIEs. Other examples might be conducting RIEs in pilot projects or systematically targeting evidence gaps. However, we did not find any particular strategy for RIE implementation within GDC during our research.
Similarly, the regional distribution of GDC RIEs also differs substantially from the distribution of RIEs in the global evidence base, which we approximate using 3ie’s Development Evidence Portal (DEP).