Development cooperation evaluation reports: Project and programme evaluations
Evaluation: Regional Forest Projects
Final evaluation of three regional forest projects in the Mekong area, the Andes and Central America was implemented in 2017. The projects covered were (1): The Integrated Environmental and Forest Management Co-operation Project in Central America, Finnfor-II (Central America, 2012–2016); (2) Livelihood Improvement through Generation and Ownership of Forest Information by Local People in Products and Services Markets, ForInfo (Mekong, 2011–2015); and (3) The Sustainable Forest Management Programme in the Andean region (MFS) (South America, 2011–2016). Finland’s development co-operation (grant aid) has been phased out in Latin America and significantly reduced in the Mekong area. The focus of the evaluation was on the experience that can be of use for similar forest sector co-operation in Myanmar, Africa or elsewhere, and for future planning of other regional programmes.
Evaluation of Finnish development financier Finnfund
Development financier Finnfund has succeeded in investing more and more in the world’s poorest countries and most difficult sectors, while also maintaining its commercial viability. The most positive development impacts can be seen in the company’s investments in agriculture and forestry. This information comes from an independent assessment of the company’s activities.
Evaluation: Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (VTMIS) of Ghana
Ghana is one of the most important maritime centers in West Africa, where improving maritime safety is important. Continuous monitoring of mobility and anchorage near the gas pipeline along the coast is also central. The project supported by Finland improved maritime vessel traffic management technology in Ghana. The project was completed in 2013. It was implemented with a concessional credit scheme of 17.7 million euros and Finnish technology was delivered to the project. The evaluation assessed the implementation, results and impacts of the project and paid particular attention to the sustainability of the project. In addition, the aim was to provide recommendations to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on programming of the new investment support instrument “The Public Sector Investment Facility” (PIF) for developing countries.
Evaluation on Finnfund Special Risk Instrument
KPMG evaluated the EUR 50 million Finnfund Special Risk Instrument (SRI) that was in use between years 2012 and 2015. The evaluation is a requirement for the possible renewal of the SRI. In the SRI the MFA takes part of Finnfund’s investment risk in projects that are risky but at the same time have good development and/or environmental impacts.
Evaluation: "Farmers’ Clubs for Wealth Creation among Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique”
Mid-term evaluation of the project ‘Farmers’ Clubs for Wealth Creation among Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique’ in two provinces; Sofala and Zambézia in 2014-2018. The objective of the project is to contribute to reducing rural poverty by strengthening the farmers’ productivity and sustainable agricultural practices.
Evaluation: The WASH in Schools Programme in Afganistan (2008-2014)
The WASH in Schools (WinS) Programme in Afganistan from 2012 aims to make visible the value and impact of school sanitation as perceived by the community and thereby raise the level of ownerships; promote the importance of WASH in schools at national, state and district levels as well as to improve hygiene practices among school children, their families and communities. UNICEF wished to conduct an evaluation of the WASH in Schools (WinS) programme, whose findings and recommendations are intended to (1) guide UNICEF, the GoA and other stakeholders to improve the WinS programme, and (2) contribute to evidence-based policy making in the field of WASH and maximize the impact of the programme.
Evaluation: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a multi-year program responding to the call made at Rio+20 to support countries in pursuing green economy policies. PAGE is a partnership between five UN agencies – the UN Environment (formally known as UNEP), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The Mid-Term Evaluation assesses project performance to date (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determines the likelihood of the project achieving its intended outcomes and impacts, including their sustainability. The evaluation has two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned.
Evaluation: “Wanawake-Wanaweza” Project on Womens' Leadership and Political Participation
The Women’s Leadership and Political Participation (WLPP), Wanawake-Wanaweza project was a 2-year project (2014-2016) designed and led by UN Women to improve participation and representation of women, youth and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as leaders in the political process in Tanzania. The end of project evaluation consisted of 3 components: i. conducting a utilization and equity focused end-project evaluation answering the DAC components of Design, Relevance & Coherence, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability; ii. capturing best practices of the project as key learnings; and iii. incorporating the key learnings to develop a new project document.
Evaluation: Syria Recovery Trust Fund
The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) is a coordinated mechanism to support recovery efforts in Syria and to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. The SRTF works to restore essential public services and to strengthen the capacity of the local governance institutions that provide them in zones controlled by the moderate Syrian opposition. A Mid-Term Review of the SRTF was directed to provide an independent assessment of whether the SRTF is an effective instrument for delivering international support. The review criteria include an assessment of the Fund’s Theory of Change, the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of SRTF projects, and of the Fund bodies and systems and procedures that support projects.
Evaluation: Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID MDTF)
The Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID MDTF) is an instrument to pool funds and harmonize interventions aligned with the priorities for infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority (PA). It was established by the World Bank, in partnership with the Government of Sweden in 2012. The primary objectives of the mid-term evaluation were to (i) assess the effectiveness of the PID MDTF 2012-2015 activities, using its various implementation instruments (recipient- and bank-executed grants), and (ii) provide recommendations for the achievement of the program’s objectives and vision, as well as strategic direction.
Project and programme evaluations in 2016
In 2016, more than 20 project evaluations on development cooperation were carried out in different departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Evaluations were made on all continents. Below evaluations are listed by country, region or organization.
Project and programme evaluations in 2015
In 2015, more than 20 project evaluations were carried out in different departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on development cooperation. Evaluations were made on all continents. Below evaluations are listed by country, region or organization.
Evalution of Finland's support for good governance and human rights NGOs in Nicaragua
The evaluation examines Finland's aid between 2010 and 2012 to Nicaraguan NGOs working on good governance and human rights issues. The evaluation focuses on institutional support for three good governance and human rights organizations, as well as on the Life in Democracy programme composed of multiple actors. The evaluation was conducted by Impact Consulting Oy Ltd (chosen through a competitive bidding process).
Evaluation of Finland´s support to rural development in Nicaragua
Nicaraguassa tehtiin vuoden 2013 alkupuolella kolme evaluaatiota maaseudun kehittämisohjelmista osana Suomen kahdenvälisen yhteistyön päättämistä: PRODEGA -ohjelman jälkikäteen tehty evaluaatio sekä NIFAPRO ja PROPEMCE -ohjelmien loppuevaluaatiot.
Mid-term Evaluation of the SADC Renewable Energy Support Programme
This report presents the findings of a Mid-term Evaluation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Renewable Energy Support Programme. The aim of the project is to outline options to increase the use of renewable energy in the SADC Region and to provide capacity building for the SADC Secretariat's Energy unit. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland provides technical assistance to the project.
Mid-term Evaluation of the Wider Europe Initiative
This report presents the findings of a mid-term evaluation of the Wider Europe Initiative (WEI), a bilateral development cooperation programme in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia announced by Finland in 2008. The Wider Europe Initiative is being implemented in the following eleven countries: Eastern Europe: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine South Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan