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Final Evaluation of the support contribution to Superior Authority of State Control – fighting against corruption in Burkina Faso
NIRAS was contracted by the Embassy of Sweden in Burkina Faso to conduct an evaluation of their support to the Superior Authority of State Control and the Fight against Corruption (ASCE-LC) during the 2017-2021 period. In 2017, at the request of the Government of Burkina Faso, Sida approved funding for institutional and organizational support for the ASCE-LC. Through the development of operational tools, capacity building and development of the communication function, the project aimed to contribute to reducing the level of corruption in Burkina Faso. The objectives of the evaluation were to provide lessons on the results achieved and inputs into upcoming discussions for a possible new phase of support. The evaluation found that many achievements contributed to the professionalization of ASCE-LC since 2017. These should not, however, hide a certain number of shortcomings: incompleteness of some tools, failure to carry out certain activities due to budget allocations and a slow bureaucratic structure, and the need for more targeted and specific trainings. Sida should consider funding another phase of support for the ASCE-LC that aligns with the organisation’s strategic plan for the coming period (2021-2025) while coordinating with other donors in the country to adapt the support to the current security and political context.
Since 2017, the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo has supported the Mostar Rock School (MoRS) to foster relations and trust across ethnic lines through music education. By offering an opportunity to come together and connect over music, MoRS aims to create new ties among the young, but also among their parents who directly suffered from the war. The overall purpose of the evaluation was to gain a sound understanding of the extent to which MoRS is able to promote peaceful coexistence, trust, and dialogue, and whether aspects of the programme can be replicated and/or brought to scale. It found that MORS is successfully bringing about positive change – transforming attitudes and behaviours. Through MoRS’ values-infused teaching approach, students are learning to live together through teamwork, trust, openness, respect, and understanding. MoRS’ activities have also had ripple effects beyond its student body, spreading to families, communities in Mostar, and elsewhere. An overwhelming number of respondents affirm that MoRS is making Mostar a better place. There is scope for MoRS to grow its operations to meet the demand and there is potential for replicability of MoRS’ good practice both in BiH and beyond. Going forward, MoRS would benefit from regularly monitoring the effects of its work. MoRS needs to prepare a new strategic plan for the upcoming three to five years and a succession strategy.
This report presents an evaluation of the project “Strengthening the Financial Management and Control (FMC) in Georgia”, implemented by the Central Harmonisation Unit (CHU) at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, and the Swedish National Financial Management Authority (Ekonomistyrningsverket - ESV). The project began in July 2020 and, after a no-cost extension period after August 2022, is expected to end in December 2022. The purpose of the evaluation was to assesses the level to which the established outputs and outcomes have been implemented, the project’s relevance, sustainability, cost-efficiency and to what extent the implementing partners have addressed gender equality in the project. The evaluation found that the project is highly relevant. However, the project has low cost-efficiency, is not sustainable in its current form and failed to address gender equality. The evaluators see the need to continue supporting CHU in implementing FMC, but with CHU’s limited capacity factored in and with pilot ministries reduced. The evaluators suggest two approaches for going forward and provide recommendations for a more realistic project design.
This evaluation assesses the achievements and lessons learnt from the project ‘Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Reducing Maternal Mortality in Zambia’ which was implemented from 2018 to 2022. The evaluation covers issues related to relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. The evaluation shows that, overall, Ipas has achieved – and often surpassed – its objectives and targets for training, material support and service provision, and that in order to achieve effectiveness in enhancing the quality and quantity of comprehensive abortion care it has been necessary to influence public attitudes and enhance the voice of those receiving services. The evaluation recommends that Ipas should design future programming to better clarify and differentiate where national policy-related interventions are needed and where local service provision is more relevant. Future programming should continue to be built on these two pillars. Ipas and Sida should jointly explore how services can be made more financially sustainable and how to continue to ensure the accountability of duty bearers to women and girls in need of abortion-related services.
Evaluation of Olof Palme International Centre Programme in Albania: “Civil Society Programme for Participation, Accountability and Social Change 2019–2022”
The purpose of the evaluation was to provide an impartial review of the Olof Palme International Centre (OPC) Civil Society Programme for Participation, Accountability and Social Change in Albania. The evaluation concludes that the programme approach was coherent with Sida’s strategies and other development efforts, relevant in the Albanian context and that results were achieved across areas of citizen participation and labour rights and that the programme is well-managed. Main threats to sustainability relates to the need for continued funding and the difficulty of balancing programme support whilst being aware of risks of substituting roles of local government and labour unions. The outcome mapping methodology for reporting is resourceintensive, but showed promise as a process for self- and partner reflection and contributed to building relations between OPC and its partners. The evaluation provided recommendation that Sida and potential other donors should fund future phases of the OPC programme and to continuously review and adjust the balance between providing external support to emerging trade unions and ensuring leadership and ownership of the changes by the trade unions.
End of Project Evaluation of “The Strengthening Civil Society Effectiveness in Promoting Good Governance and Increasing Citizen’s Awareness and Demand for Human Rights in Zambia Project (2018 to 2022)”
With financial support from the Embassy of Sweden in Zambia under a four-year cooperation agreement, the project ‘Strengthening Civil Society Effectiveness in Promoting Good Governance and Increasing Citizen’s Awareness and Demand for Human Rights in Zambia’, was implemented by ActionAid Zambia (AAZ). The evaluation explores the extent to which AAZ has strengthened civil society in Zambia by supporting increased civic participation and accountability for improved governance. More specifically, the evaluation looks at the performance of AAZ as a funding modality (design of grants), and provides reflections on the achievements, challenges and weaknesses to inform the next phase of the support.
Final Evaluation of Strengthening Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR/HIV) and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Services in East and Southern Africa (ESA) to Accelerate Action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 And 5 Programme
This evaluation considers the 2gether 4 SRHR programme, a regional joint UN programme that combines contributions of four UN agencies; UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, and WHO. The overall vision of the programme is that all people, particularly adolescent girls, young people and key populations in East and Southern Africa are empowered and supported to exercise their SRH rights and access quality integrated SRHR/HIV and SGBV services so that they enjoy a healthy life. The evaluation’s objective was to assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the programme and to assess its progress. Among others, the conclusions of the evaluation were: • The programme was well aligned to strategic plans and priorities of RECs, countries and participating UN agencies; • The programme has significantly contributed to the Delivering as One (DaO) principle through joint planning, collaboration and coordination with UN and non-UN stakeholders; there are, however, structural barriers that prevent UN agencies from further DaO contribution; • The programme significantly contributed to advancing integration of SRHR/HIV and SGBV across the East and South African (ESA) countries.
The Albanian-Swedish Juvenile Justice Programme had the overall objective to enhance the capacity of Albanian law enforcement and justice sector institutions to meet international human rights standards in juvenile justice. The Sida funded programme was implemented by four Swedish agencies – the Swedish Police Authority, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Court Administration, and the Swedish Prison and Probation Service – in cooperation with their Albanian counterparts. This final programme evaluation was conducted both for accountability and learning purposes, and seeks to determine the overall results achieved, identify lessons learnt from what has worked well and less well, and, consequently, inform the design and adaption of similar initiatives. Conclusions present the difficulties with regards to achievement of coherence, efficiency and effectiveness in a multiple-agency cooperation. Lessons learnt identified by this evaluation should be considered in the design of future, similar initiatives in Albania and elsewhere.
This report presents an evaluation of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit‘s (AREU) strategy period 2019-2021.The purpose was to evaluate the implementation of the strategic plan and theory of change and to evaluate AREU’s organization and implementation in a complex environment. The evaluation found that AREU and the thematic focus of its activities have been relevant to the context and development needs in Afghanistan during the evaluation period, as well as international priorities, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The evaluation also found that AREU is an effective organization and produces research of a high standard that has contributed to increasing knowledge and policy in the areas covered. The report recommends Sida to continue to provide funding to AREU, to provide technical support to assist AREU in their design of their strategic framework and to use AREU’s research to inform other interventions and synergies between various projects. AREU is, amongst others, recommended to increase the involvement of Afghan stakeholders in the Board, to consider developing new services and to strengthen further the capacity building of Afghan researchers.
The main objective of this evaluation was to assess progress and effectiveness of Restless Development’s Strategic Plan (2016-2022), to identify challenges, lessons learned and provide recommendations for the future program period. The overall programming relevance is assessed to be high and effectiveness in Voice and Leadership and SRHR to be medium to high while the effectiveness of the living programme is considered low. The operational day-to-day efficiency is assessed as high, while the strategic efficiency is lower. The sustainability of capacity building effects is assessed be medium to high while sustainability of activities and of the organisation is consider low. The recommendation is to continue core funding of Restless Development for the coming strategy period and to, jointly with Restless Development, develop an exit strategy over a minimum of three years.
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