Evaluation of Finland’s Development Cooperation Country Strategies and Country Strategy Modality

Synthesis report (PDF, 267 sivua, 2 042 kT)

Across countries the evaluation found country strategy objectives and the assessed interventions relevant to partner countries and to Finland’s development policy objectives.The countries evaluated are Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Zambia, Tanzania and Vietnam. When implemented, many interventions in the six countries delivered results. However, implementation was often delayed, so that the full allocation of Finnish resources to the strategies was not used efficiently to produce results over the strategy period. The results achieved were found not to be consistently sustainable.

Policy influence and coordination are strong contributing factors to country strategy portfolio effectiveness and impact, including through donor coordination structures; participation in policy dialogue through sector forums; or establishing successful prototypes in its interventions and then leveraging these by influencing country and development partners to take them up.

The evaluation concluded that the country strategy modality is a highly relevant instrument for the MFA. The focus on bilateral cooperation meant that it was not fully relevant in the transitioning contexts, where strategic thinking about other forms of partnership is required.

Ethiopia report (Opens New Window) (PDF, 129 pages, 1199 Mb)

Mozambique report (Opens New Window)(PDF, 115 pages, 938 Mb)

Nepal report (Opens New Window)(PDF, 125 pages, 1020 Mb)

Tanzania report (Opens New Window)(PDF, 129 pages, 1093 Mb)

Vietnam report (Opens New Window)(PDF, 115 pages, 1121 Mb)

Zambia report (Opens New Window)(PDF, 134 pages, 1054 Mb)

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