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The idea for this study emerged during regular bilateral dialogues between Sida and ICRC as a constructive way of improving the ICRC's reporting and measurement of results using Value for Money (VFM) concepts.

TitleHow to Define and Measure Value for Money in the Humanitarian Sector ?
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBaker, J
Series EditorDross, E
Tertiary AuthorsShah, V
Subsidiary AuthorsPolastro, R
Date Published09/2013

"Value for Money" (VFM) approaches have long been used by the private commercial and industrial sectors and, over the past few years, there has been a trend amongst donors to increasingly use VFM concepts to make decisions about foreign aid allocations and account for taxpayer's contributions. The United Kingdom has been the most visible in this focus on VFM and the UK's aid agency, DFID, often uses a 4 'E' conceptual framework (Economy; Efficiency; Effectiveness; Equity) to capture VFM using a balanced approach. Other donors (including Sweden) have been increasing the pressure on humanitarian agencies to more clearly show how, on one hand, VFM principles are being considered at the design stage and, on the other, demonstrate the
extent to which VFM objectives were achieved through the measurement of results.



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