Development Resources

Development Resources

Singapore Cooperation Training Programme

The Singapore Cooperation Programme of the Government of Singapore are offering training courses, in the following areas, to the Cook Islands for the calendar year 2014 – 2015. 

There are ten (10) different areas of training where you will find specified courses and training dates:

  1. Civil Aviation
  2. Disaster management & Emergency Preparedness
  3. Economic Development & Trade Facilitation
  4. Education
  5. Governance & Public Administrations
  6. Information & Communications Technology
  7. Land Transport
  8. Law & Arbitration
  9. Port Management
  10. Sustainable Development & Climate Change 

 According to the terms and conditions, the Government of Singapore covers in-country expenses: 

  • Training Costs
  • Accommodation
  • Training Allowance
  • Basic Group Accident & Hospitalisation Insurance during the stay
  • Airport meeting services 

And participating countries are to cover travel costs. 

 Applicants are to provide the following documentations: 

  • International Training Application Checklist
  • Complete and signed Application Form
  • Two copies of the passport size colour photos (3x4cm)
  • Copy of Passport Information Page (clear)
  • Complete and signed Medical Report

More information on these courses can be found on their website or in the following PDF documents.

pdfApplication Procedures88.17 KB

pdfApplication form157.66 KB

pdfTraining courses #1884.48 KB

pdfTraining Courses #2692.01 KB

pdfTraining Courses #3597.35 KB

Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC)

 The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) of the Government of India is offering training to the Cook Islands in the following areas:  

  • Accounts, Audit, Banking & Finance Courses
  • Telecommunication & English Courses
  • Management Courses
  • SME/Rural Development Courses
  • Specialised Courses
  • Technical Courses
  • Environment & Renewable Energy Courses

 pdfCourse Information729.38 KB

According to the terms and conditions, these courses are fully funded by the Government of India covering the following:

 Applicants are to provide the following documentations:

  • International Training Application Checklist
  • Complete and signed Application Form
  • Two copies of the passport size colour photos (3x4cm)
  • Copy of Passport Information Page (clear)
  • Complete and signed Medical Report

 pdfApplication checklist 114.34 KB

To apply for any of the above training opportunities you will need to fill out the pdfapplication form46.83 KB and send it through to the Office of the Public Service Commissioner (OPSC) 

You can seek further information on these courses at or at the website address provided by each participating institution in the ITEC Courses document.

Development Resources

GPEDC Monitoring Framework

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Coorperation (GPEDC) Monitoring Framework aims at monitoring the implementation of selected commitments made in the Busan Partnership agreement to improve the effectiveness of development coorporation.

 - GPEDC Monitoring Profile (Oct 2016) - Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Country assessment survey is available below, as well as accompanying notes;

 - GPEDC Monitoring Survey - Cook Islands Country Spreadsheet

Cook Islands Country Spreadsheet_Accompanying Notes

Logical Framework Approach - Training Material and Resources

The Logical Framework Approach (LFA) is a widely used project management tool based on a set of inter-locking concepts used together in a dynamic fashion to develop a well-designed, objectively-described project. One step of the LFA lead into the subsequent steps and builds the knowledge base upon which to design and analyse successful interventions.

The European Union - Global Climate Change Alliance funded the LFA Project Proposal Writing Workshop held on Rarotonga from the 8th - 13th May 2013 at the Crown Beach Resort. This workshop was implemented in partnership with SPC and SPREP in collaboration with the Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates (PREA).

The Learning materials have been produced by PREA and are available below:

pdfGuidelines for Developing Projects Proposals1.16 MB

pdfProject Proposal Preparation1012.88 KB

pdfDonor Directory for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific522.7 KB


Extra Reading:

pdfAid Delivery Methods - European Commission3 MB

pdfHow to Note - Guidance on using the revised Logical Framework - Department for International Development (DFID)231.71 KB

pdfLogical Framework Approach - SIDA200.3 KB

pdfProjects Design & Proposal Writing Guide - American Red Cross524.86 KB

pdfThe Logical Framework Approach - Bond for International Development & Greta Jensen Development Consultant474.56 KB


This Learning Resource has been produced by the Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates (PREA) for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), through its European Union funded Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) project in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)


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Much is being lost in the abstraction and over-technicalisation of development work.

Learning Network on Capacity Development

LenCD | Learning Network on Capacity Development The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) is an informal network of analysts and practitioners aimed at creating a global community of practice around capacity development.

The Center for Global Development

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all. A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action.

The Lowy Institute

The Lowy Institute is an independent international policy think tank. Its objective is to generate new ideas and dialogue on international developments and Australia’s role in the world. Its mandate is broad. It ranges across all the dimensions of international policy debate in Australia - economic, political and strategic – and it is not limited to a particular geographic region.

The Institute has two core tasks:

  • To produce distinctive research and fresh policy options for Australia’s international policy.The Institute seeks to throw fresh light on issues of relevance to Australia through rigorous research, and then to generate workable policy ideas. The Institute also seeks to contribute to the wider international debate. We believe Australia can make a significant contribution to the global dialogue.
  • To promote wide discussion of Australia’s role in the world.This is the Institute’s other vital task: to provide an accessible and high quality forum for discussion of Australian foreign policy and international relations, through debates, seminars, lectures, dialogues and conferences.

The Institute was established in April 2003 as the result of a gift by Mr Frank Lowy AC, one of Australia’s leading businessmen, to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrival in Australia.

The Institute is non-partisan and is home to a range of policy ideas. Its staff and Fellows speak with individual voices.

The Institute draws on the insights and experience of policy practitioners, academic experts and business people. It also seeks to bring new voices and external viewpoints into the Australian debate, for example through an active program of internships for young people and the involvement of members of the Australian diaspora.

Quantity and Quality of ODA, what is important?

QuODA is an assessment of the Quality of Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by 23 donor countries and more than 100 aid agencies. Aid quality is assessed using 31 indicators grouped in four dimensions that reflect the international consensus of what constitutes high-quality aid:

  • Maximizing Efficiency
  • Fostering Institutions
  • Reducing Burden
  • Transparency and Learning

Rankings can be viewed in separate indices and in the Quality of Aid Diamond, which makes it possible to quickly compare countries and agencies across all four dimensions. The new edition of QuODA also allows users to begin to assess change in donors' performance over time. Percentage change for each donor on each indicator common to both the 2010 and 2011 editions, and on each dimension, can be viewed in the Change vs. Prior Year bar charts.

The authors hope that QuODA will be a catalyst for lively debates and, more importantly, for substantial improvements in how aid is provided.


International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) funds quality studies that will have a real policy impact and affect many lives. In terms of standards. This means its the only studies that are built around a credible counter factual with an evaluation design based on the underlying programme theory to learn what works and why, and also at what cost.

We encourage studies which utilise innovative methodologies, or delve into crucial evaluation questions which have not been the subject of previous research. Priority is given to proposals responding to a clear demand from policy makers. Grantees are expected to ensure full cooperation from implementing agencies, and other interested actors.

The strategic components of our programme are:

  • Generating new evidence of what works
  • Synthesizing and disseminating this evidence
  • Building a culture of evidence based policy-making
  • Developing capacity to produce and use impact evaluations
  • Developing 3ie’s institutional capacity, governance and management systems

Development Policy Evaluation

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 64 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by:

  • Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations- J-PAL researchers conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty. There are more than 318  evaluations that have been either completed or are ongoing.
  • Building Capacity- J-PAL provides expertise to people interested in rigorous program evaluation, and training to others on how to conduct randomized evaluations.
  • Impacting Policy- J-PAL’s policy group performs cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the most effective ways to achieve policy goals, disseminates this knowledge to policymakers, and works with governments, NGOs, foundations, and international development organizations to promote the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs around the world.

J-PAL is organized both by regional offices and by research themes called Programs. J-PAL's headquarters is a center within the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with independent regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and South Asia that are hosted by a local university.

J-PAL's Programs include Agriculture, Education, Energy and Environment, Finance, Health, Labor Markets, and Political Economy and Governance.

With the growing importance of evidence to support public policy choice this organisation provides a powerful and highly credible source of global development policy impact assessment.