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
The global objective of the Wider Europe Initiative, identified by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland, is to strengthen stability and security across the regions through
interventions focused on the following priority themes: security, trade and development,
information society development, energy and the environment and social sustainability.
FCG Finnish Consulting Group was contracted to carry out the mid-term evaluation of the WEI between February and September 2012, with an evaluation team of four experts. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the progress made in the WEI interventions, most of which were launched in 2009, and scheduled to complete in 2013 and 2014.