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Results

Danida is organisation that strives to ensure that its development assistance produces results. For example, in-depth evaluations ensure a focus on results in the specific programmes and projects, which provides valuable knowledge usable in future programmes and projects. In addition, performance is measured regularly in all projects.

In 2002, Danida launched a relatively simple system which provides an overview of the results of the Danish development cooperation: intermediate objectives are developed for each sector programme in the priority countries and for projects above DKK 33 million, which are assessed on an annual basis. For an infrastructure programme, this intermediate objective could be the number of km of road that have been laid or maintained. If Denmark provides general budget support, the objective could be one of the indicators that have been set out in the recipient country’s national poverty reduction plan.

Goal fulfilment in 2012

In 2012, results were measured in relation to 251 objectives regarding bilateral assistance in the countries where Danida operates. Goal fulfilment in 2012 is in general quite satisfactory: 76 per cent of the objectives were achieved to a very satisfactory or satisfactory level. Danida continuously monitors the level of goal fulfilment, which since 2005 has hovered between 79 and 88 per cent. Goal fulfilment for 2012 is thus slightly lower than in previous years, although there is nothing to suggest a falling trend.

In general for bilateral development assistance, a goal fulfilment level of around 80 per cent is regarded as an indication of an absolutely satisfactory balance between ambitious and realistic targets and inevitable delays in some of the supported activities. Objectives that do not live up to the ambitions could be due to many reasons that are often associated with conditions and circumstances in the specific sector in the particular country. Reasons could be, for example, that an expected law in the recipient country is not passed, problems in recruiting an adviser, inability to provide people or facilities to enable the programme to be completed on time or due to other delays. In some instances, documentation of results achieved is not received in time to be included in Danida’s annual report, and therefore are missing in the annual statement.

Goal fulfilment for programmes and projects in countries
where Danida provides development assistance:

A: Very satisfactory (minimum 96 % fulfilled) 58 % of objectives
B: Satisfactory (61-95 % fulfilled) 18 % of objectives
C: Less satisfactory (41-60 % fulfilled) 4 % of objectives
D: Not satisfactory (0-40 % fulfilled) 20 % of objectives

 

Evaluation

Denmark has contributed to ensuring better education in Afghanistan

The Danish support to the education sector in Afghanistan from 2003-2010 was approximately DKK 430 million. The programme, which was subjected to an extensive independent evaluation in 2012, has supported development of curricula and teaching materials, construction of schools, colleges and seminars, training of teachers and capacity building in the Ministry of Education.

Afghanistan’s education sector has undergone a dramatic development in recent years.

Evaluation

Results in Burkina Faso: Better public financial management

In the period 2001-2010, Burkina Faso succeeded in substantially improving its management of public finances. For example, budget planning, tax collection and financial management have improved, and public procurement procedures have become more transparent. The results of the reforms have led Burkina Faso being regarded as one of the leading African countries in public financial management (World Bank, 2009), and the country in the West-African Economic and Monetary Union that has made the most progress towards meeting the convergence criteria. The credit for this progress must primarily be attributed to Burkina Faso’s own government, which over a period of many years has assigned high priority to implementing these reforms. Denmark and other donors have, however, also contributed through providing financial support and through political dialogue with the government. The results are presented in an independent evaluation conducted in 2012. However, the evaluation also shows that the results from similar programmes in Ghana and Malawi are not equally as positive as in Burkina Faso.

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You can find more information about the specific programmes and projects under the tab Programme and Project Orientation (PPO).