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Evaluation du programme de gouvernance démocratique et de redevabilité dans la gestion des affaires locales au Mali
L’évaluation du « Programme de Gouvernance Démocratique et de Redevabilité dans la Gestion des Affaires Locales au niveau de 88 communes du Mali (PGDR) », porte sur la pertinence, la cohérence, l’efficience et l’efficacité. Le programme a été mis en oeuvre pendant la période 2019-2021 par l’Organisation Non-Gouvernementale Diakonia en partenariat avec 06 organisations de la société civile. Cette évaluation, menée par Niras, doit permettre de (i) mettre en évidence les résultats obtenus, (ii) souligner les leçons apprises, et (iii) mettre en exergue les points forts mais aussi les défis, les faiblesses de ce programme. Ces objectifs doivent permettre à l’Ambassade de Suède à Bamako de définir une stratégie concernant les activités à développer pour les futurs projets, et de se prononcer sur la continuité ou pas de financement du programme. L’évaluation conclue que le programme est innovant, très pertinent, partiellement cohérent, globalement efficace, et efficient, ce qui contribue au renforcement de la cohésion sociale dans les zones d’intervention. L’évaluation montre que le travail effectué sur les principes de bonne gouvernance et de redevabilité est de la plus haute importance pour maintenir un certain niveau de stabilité au Mali.
Final evaluation of the core support to the Kosovo Foundation for Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB Kosovo) 2016–2022
The project being evaluated provides core support to the Kosovo Foundation for Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB Kosovo) for the implementation of its strategic plan. The evaluation is intended to provide Sida with an assessment of the progress achieved by the core support 2016-2021 and the implementation of the Strategic Plans of CHwB Kosovo. It will also provide what lessons have been learned and what impact the support has generated. The evaluation concluded that CHwB Kosovo is a highly professional organisation delivering its activities in a collaborative and effective manner. The evaluation notes areas of improvement in the application of strategies and approaches to gender equality, disability inclusion and conflict resolution, and in aspects of reporting, including a better linking of reporting on outputs and outcomes to the project’s intended impact and overall goal.
Evaluation of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN)’s Programme 2020–2024
This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation of the policy research organisation Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). AAN has been supported by Sida since its establishment in 2009. Considering the establishment of the new regime in Kabul in August 2021, AAN and Sida see a need to develop and set new priorities and objectives. The purpose of the evaluation was therefore to provide AAN information and recommendations of value for the design and implementation of a new programme. Data for the evaluation was collected through a mix of methods. AAN’s outcome areas and the thematic focus of its work have largely been relevant. Overall, AAN has delivered to a high degree against its stated outputs, which are clearly defined in quantifiable terms, and thus has a high degree of effectiveness. The dramatic challenges in 2021 resulted in some reduction in output, although the effects of this are mostly apparent in 2022. The evaluation team’s interviews provided strong evidence that key stakeholder groups are better informed as a result of AAN’s work. The evaluation puts forward seven recommendations to AAN.
Evaluation of Guarantee Instrument and Technical Assistance Offered to Enat Bank to Increase Access to Capital For Women-Owned/Managed Small and Medium Enterprises in Ethiopia
This report presents the findings of the mid-term evaluation of the Swedish-supported Enat Bank Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF) in Ethiopia. Commissioned by Sida and undertaken by Tana Copenhagen, it assesses the performance of the facility thus far and provides recommendations for future improvement of the support to women-led Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs). LGF is a key component of the operationalization of Sida’s new development assistance strategy in Ethiopia. The team found that the LGF only supports women-owned SMEs in the formal sectors, and the number of loans processed is still relatively low. As such, including enterprises located in the informal sector or with creditworthiness challenges would be a critical step in significantly expanding the access of women-owned SMEs to financing, and subsequently, transitioning many into the formal sector by providing crucial support for formalization, financial literacy, bookkeeping and tax status regulations. Recommendations are given for Sida to continue its support of the LGF, with a focus on expansion and programme design, in an effort for women entrepreneurs to experience economic growth and financial freedom.
Evaluation of the impact of the support to Karibu Tanzania Organization in the Education Sector
Karibu Tanzania Organization (KTO) is a Tanzanian NGO working as an umbrella organization for 54 Folk Development Colleges (FDCs), which offer vocational education and lifelong learning and contribute to social and economic development in local communities. The evaluation should serve as input to the Swedish Embassy/Sida and KTO for planning of a possible new phase with Sida funding to KTO. The evaluation was mainly qualitative with analysis based on interviews with KTO, ministries, and FDC teaching staff and students in 19 FDCs. The evaluation concluded that both the Sida support to KTO and the KTO support to the FDCs are largely relevant. The operations of KTO are efficient, adapting to the available funding. The three FDC programmes supported meet the need of the students, giving opportunities for further education for young females dropping out of the ordinary school system. FDC students report increased self-esteem, confidence and hopes for the future. The vocational FDC studies increase possibilities for post-college income-generation. KTO operations are not sustainable today with Sida as the main funder. It is recommended that Sida gives core funding in a possible next support phase. KTO is however advised against spreading activities too wide, but rather consolidate efforts. KTO must strengthen the fundraising capacity in the staffing and boost efforts in diversifying the donor base.
Evaluation of the project “Building Market Value Based Property Tax in Albania (ProTax)”
The subject of this evaluation is the implementation of the Property Tax Project in Albania (2018-2022). The evaluation includes the involvement and performance of the Swedish Tax Agency as key agency supporting the project owner, Ministry of Finance and Economy (MFE), and the cooperation with the General Directorate of Property Tax (GDPT). The evaluation finds that the project contributes to an important need to reform property tax in Albania. However, the project was not designed based on a proper interestand needs analysis. Since its start, the project has suffered multiple setbacks and delays resulting in redesign of the project. The project is not likely to deliver its key outcomes as anticipated during the project lifetime. It is recommended that the Swedish Embassy and the STA engage in a closer dialogue with MFE and GDPT, to see how the change in scope can include policy and strategy level interventions. The project partners should address the challenges in getting access to data from the Albanian National State Cadastre Agency to populate the ProTax IT systems. There should also be a closer involvement of the municipalities in the implementation of a next project phase.
Mid-term Evaluation of Portfolio Guarantee Georgia between Sida and TBC Bank
This report presents the findings of the Mid Term Evaluation of Portfolio Guarantee Georgia between Sida and TBC Bank. The purpose of the guarantee is to facilitate increased lending by the TBC Bank to MSMEs and start-ups, improving both the conditions of and increasing the quantity of these loans, thereby stimulating economic growth in Georgia. The report assesses progress of the loan portfolio guarantee, including its financial and development additionality to inform decisions on the value added of increasing the guarantee amount. The guarantee continues to be relevant for supporting Swedish priorities for reform cooperation in Eastern Europe, and for supporting Georgian government priorities regarding economic development and job creation. The facility is serving as an efficient tool for mobilising private sector funds for Georgian MSMEs. Under the existing limit of the revolving facility, the amount of additional new loans will be constrained to the repayments on previous loans. There is a substantial demand for additional loans to similar viable borrowers, and any possible increase in the facility limit would help provide bank financing for their investments and growth.
Evaluation of the Research Capacity Building Program ‘Strengthening of FNI as National Research Fund’
This report presents the findings of the evaluation of Swedish support for the National Research fund of Mozambique (FNI). It assesses what has worked well and less well, with the aim of providing Sida with input to a new phase of contribution. The team found that priorities of FNI to support research initiatives are in line with priorities of the Mozambican government in strengthening science, technology and innovation, and relevant to the Swedish Strategy for research in development cooperation. FNI’s organisational capacity has improved and stakeholders recognise FNI as a professional and well-connected institution. However, in the spread of FNI’s Swedish-funded grant portfolio, social, economic and political sciences are weakly represented, limiting relevance of FNI to more society-oriented research. Expanding research initiatives regionally and internationally, and maintaining a high-profile presence in these networks are crucial for the sustainability and further growth of FNI. Recommendations are given for Sida to continue its support, so FNI can become a transformational change instrument in the higher education and research environment in Mozambique and internationally.
Evaluation of CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (IBON/CPDE)
The evaluation object is the programme “Promoting the Universal Application of Effective Development Cooperation for the SDGs” implemented by IBON/CPDE. The purpose of the evaluation is to give Sida an overview of CPDE’s relevance and capacity to reach outcome and impact level results. CPDE’s democratic and inclusive governance structure has contributed to ensuring that its program is generally regarded as relevant by the members. CPDE’s most significant result is the well-recognized contribution CPDE makes as a co-chair and steering committee member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. CPDE is a well-functioning network organization. CPDE has significantly strengthened both its internal and external communication. The evaluation concludes that CPDE to a high extent has used the conclusions and recommendations from the 2019 evaluation to enhance its performance. There is no clear indication that CPDE is making progress towards its impact goal of EDC being universally applied for attaining the SDGs. The report contains recommendations; amongst others, that Sida should provide core-support and offer support of its helpdesk on RBM and Adaptive Management.
Evaluation of Sweden’s support to the Human Rights Programme in Palestine 2018–2023
This report is an ‘Evaluation of Sweden’s Palestinian Human Rights Programme (2018-2023)’. The purpose of the evaluation was to learn whether the programme design maximises opportunities to facilitate the work of Israeli and Palestinian non-government organisations in defending human rights and to provide a broader audience with insights on the programme’s value. The evaluation has examined whether the programme remains relevant despite changes to the context since 2005. It also assesses the programme’s effectiveness, impact, efficiency and coherence and coordination. The evaluators conclude that there is robust evidence that the programme remains relevant, effective, and efficient and it has achieved impact at multiple levels. For example, it has improved the rights of some Palestinians (men, women, boys, and girls) to family reunification, medical assistance, legal aid, protection, and livelihoods. It has improved Palestinian policies concerning child rights. In an increasingly polarised environment, it has demonstrated the viability and value of Palestinian and Israeli organisations working together on a shared agenda to keep the issue of Palestinian rights on the international agenda. It has provided high-quality evidence to international bodies. Evidence generated by the programme continues to demonstrate a downward trajectory for human rights in Palestine and a worrying trend of increasing impunity and disregard for international human rights and international humanitarian law standards and norms - primarily by the State of Israel but also increasingly by Palestinian duty bearers. This report recommends retaining current design features (core funding to a small group of internationally recognised Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations). It recommends continuing with the present funding modality with minor adjustments that include: the need to continually assess and strengthen efforts to promote core human rights principles concerning gender equality and non-discrimination; leveraging political dialogues for peer-to-peer learning on this issue as well as strategy and tactics; and more efforts to ensure coherence between local support for human rights and support in international venues with other third party states and coalitions.
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