Cordaid has long pioneered Results-Based Financing (RBF) as an approach to improve service delivery and increase the accountability of governments in its health programming. In recent years, Cordaid has worked to translate the RBF approach across programmatic boundaries, using the methodology to bolster security and justice (S&J) programming.
This Toolkit puts on paper a guide to RBF in security and justice. It outlines all there is to RBF S&J, acting as a guide for Cordaid staff and partners to implement RBF in pilot projects in-country.
Fragile states are characterized by a matrix of issues, including poverty, weak institutions, broken trust between citizens and the government, lack of basic services (including security provision), and violent conflict. According to the OECD, nearly 80% of the world’s poorest will be living in contexts characterized by elements of fragility by 2030.
RBF revolves around two main ambitions of improving governance and service delivery: strengthening systems and restoring the social contract. In doing so, RBF wants to combat fragility and restore a healthy relationship between citizens and governments that will ultimately result in less violence, more peaceful conflict resolution, and better satisfaction of citizen needs.
What is RBF?
RBF is a system-strengthening approach that introduces checks and balances along the service delivery chain, encouraging better governance, transparency and enhanced accountability. RBF does so by linking payments directly to performance: service providers like police stations or courts receive their payment on the basis of indicators and verified outputs. They have relative freedom in deciding how to spend that funding – as long as they pursue the ultimate aims that they define together with communities and other stakeholders as part of the RBF process.
The step-by-step toolkit gives theoretical background and comes with steps for pilots, implementation steps and steps to close RBF projects. Itis a proprietary guideline document for use by Cordaid staff and partners. The document published here is a limited document, excluding the methodology, and serves to demonstrate what RBF S&J is, the reasoning behind it, and where the approach may be useful. The full Toolkit is available on request, please contact Nikki de Zwaan for more information.