Learning for Consortia: UK Aid Connect Lessons

Fransman, Jude and Shutt, Cathy (2022). Learning for Consortia: UK Aid Connect Lessons. Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, London, UK.

URL: https://iati.fcdo.gov.uk/iati_documents/90000419.o...


This review presents the emerging lessons and recommendations from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s UK Aid Connect programme. The programme opened for application in 2017, with the aim of supporting civil society-led consortia to create innovative solutions to complex development challenges that deliver real change to the lives of people living in poverty.

This review is one of the final outputs from the Learning from Consortia programme, which was funded through UK Aid Connect to support the 14 consortia and generate learning around the programme’s five cross-cutting themes: consortia working; innovation; community engagement; gender equality; and Value for Money.

This review is neither an evaluation of the UK Aid Connect programme, nor of the performance of the funded consortia. The learning and recommendations presented here focus on the funding model, rather than on consortia practice, with the intention of supporting funders, policy makers and other stakeholders to design future funding initiatives for complex, collaborative programmes. More in- depth examples of good practice in consortia working are documented in the accompanying practitioners’ guide and other outputs from the Learning from Consortia programme.

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