Project: Assessment of USAID CBA Guidelines

How should USAID revise the content and use of the current general Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Guidelines and other sectoral and cross-cutting guidance to reflect good practices across key development sectors within the current context?

Under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (Leap III), Limestone was tasked to review USAID’s 2015 Internal Guidelines for CBA and generate recommendations for revisions.

Limestone’s work included a critical review and discussion in technical areas such as: the selection of discount rates for economic and financial analysis, the social cost of carbon, the social cost of premature mortality, valuation of biodiversity and other ecosystem service values, and linkages to other sectoral and cross-cutting guidance such as gender.

Limestone also advised on technical areas where the guidance can be improved and commented on the institutional considerations, such as alternative approaches to internally and externally formalizing guidelines in USAID’s policies and procedures, and how various upcoming USG regulatory and policy changes might affect the guidelines or their use within USAID or among its partners.

The full report on the assessment of the guidelines can be found here.

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Draft Recommendation Report