Evaluation report 2011:3 The VERIFIN Training Programme
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Evaluation of the VERIFIN Training Programme on Verification of chemical Weapons
The subject of the evaluation is the training given by the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) in promotion of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, CWC).
Purpose was to provide an external and independent view on the different dimensions of the training programme, including institutional set-up, programme concept, contents and working modalities of the training programme and its significance in fulfilling the objectives set to VERIFIN at different levels. The evaluation was based on document review, interviews of MFA officials, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) officials and the Embassy of Finland in the Hague, VERIFIN staff, e-mail questionnaires of former trainees and field visits to Ethiopia, Kenya, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico and Panama.
ODA funds have been used for the last 20 years in the training and all developing countries that are signatories of the CWC have been eligible. CWC requirements have been met with the training and capacity of the National Authorities in developing countries has been enhanced particularly in preparing the Declarations on the scheduled chemicals to the OPCW. However, the ODA requirements of alignment with the Finnish Development Policy Goals were not visible in the training concept and modalities.
The evaluation recommends that the ODA-funded training should move away from the concept of training individuals in Finland to institutional capacity building implemented in the developing countries. Thus, the priorities of the developing countries that relate more to environmental issues than threat of chemical weapons could be taken into account. OPCW funds should be used for training that directly supports the CWC implementation in the developing countries.
Key words: capacity building, training, chemical weapons convention, development cooperation funds, development policy.