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Satisfactory goal fulfilment

Does Danish development assistance make a satisfactory contribution to the achievement of the goals that were set up at the start?    
To answer this, Danida introduced in 2002 a relatively simple measuring system that is continuously developed. A target is selected for each component in the sector programmes in the programme countries as well as for every project over DKK 33 million. In a road sector programme, for example, this could be the number of kilometres of road that has been laid or maintained. If Denmark grants general budget support, the target may be one of the indicators laid out in the recipient country’s national poverty reduction strategy.    
    
In 2011, a total of 277 targets were set up for bilateral assistance in all countries where Danida operates. Goal fulfilment is described in the upper table. In general, goal fulfilment in 2011 is quite satisfactory: 84 per cent fulfilment at either a very satisfactory or satisfactory level. The level is quite constant and has been between 79 and 88 per cent since 2005. The corresponding figure was 83 per cent in 2005, 82 per cent in 2006, 79 per cent in 2007, 82 per cent in 2008, 80 per cent in 2009 and 88 per cent in 2010.    
    
The reasons why the individual targets did not meet expectations vary and are often linked to conditions in the individual sector. It may be, for example, that anticipated legislation in the recipient country was not adopted after all, problems recruiting an adviser, or the inability of the partner to place manpower or facilities at disposal to implement the programme according to schedule.    
    
Goal fulfilment of around 80 per cent is generally regarded as adequate in bilateral development assistance. Achieving 100 per cent goal fulfilment is not a goal in itself, because this can equally be an expression of ambitions being set too low beforehand as of the assistance being successful. The greater part of bilateral assistance is implemented in the programme countries, and the table below shows the way in which the results are distributed in relation to these countries. See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for information concerning goal fulfilment, including analyses of different sectors.    
    
Goal fulfilment for all countries to which Danida awards development assistance:    
A: Very satisfactory (minimum 96 % goal fulfilment): 173 targets — 62 % of the targets    
B: Satisfactory (61-95 % goal fulfilment) 60 target — 22 % of the targets    
C: Less satisfactory (41-60 % goal fulfilment) 14 targets — 5 % of the targets    
D: Not satisfactory (0-40 % goal fulfilment) 30 targets — 11 % of the targets

 

Country Goal Fulfilmentsup A B C D N/A Total Targets
Afghanistan 75,00% 2 1 1 2 6
Bangladesh 69,20% 8 1 1 3 13
Benin 91,70% 8 3 1 1 13
Bhutan 100,00% 11 1 12
Bolivia 88,50% 15 8 3 26
Burkina Faso 87,50% 12 2 1 1 16
Cambodia 100,00% 1 1 2
Ghana 93,30% 8 6 1 15
Indonesia 100,00% 4 2 6
Kenya 76,90% 7 3 1 2 13
Mali 70,60% 8 4 3 2 17
Mozambique 83,30% 10 5 1 2 18
Nicaragua 60,00% 4 2 1 3 10
Niger 50,00% 1 1 2 4
Somalia 100,00% 4 2 6
Tanzania 78,90% 6 9 1 3 6 25
Vietnam 95,50% 18 3 1 2 24
Zambia 64,70% 7 4 2 4 1 18
Zimbabwe 87,50% 7 1 8
The Occupied Palestinian Territories 80,00% 4 1 5
Pakistan 100,00% 1 1
Sudan 100,00% 2 2 4
Total Targets 82,90% 148 55 12 30 17 262