Development cooperation is monitored

Development cooperation is a closely monitored activity: work is subject to various types of monitoring performed by both the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) and external operators. 

Development cooperation projects and programmes are monitored throughout the project cycle.

In the planning phase, each project or programme is given defined goals and modalities. At the same time, any risks that may be encountered while pursuing the goals and associated means to manage them are assessed. The risks are typically related to stability in society, local partner organisation's skills and capacities or corruption.

In the implementation phase, all those who are engaged in a development cooperation project or programme report on the use of their funding and the results of their work to the Ministry. Officials in the Ministry and embassies follow the progress, the use of funds, the risks involved and the reliability of reporting through steering groups, field visits and mid-term reviews and regular communication. Additionally, the Ministry commissions external auditing companies to perform regular audits and performance audits. This means that experts examine not only bookkeeping but also internal control practices and the quality of the activities.

When a project or programme ends, the implementing agency compiles a final report of the results and submits it to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Any unused funds will be refunded to the Ministry. The results can be assessed also in ex-post evaluations.