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Results and evaluations

Danida is an organisation that strives to ensure that its development assistance produces results and that we learn from our interventions. Evaluations and performance measurements are conducted frequently ensuring a focus on the results of the specific programmes and projects and providing valuable knowledge usable in future programmes and projects. Since 2013, up-to-date information about all programmes and projects as well as related goals and results have been accessible on OpenAid.dk.

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Kyome Fresh is a business established by Grace M. Nyaa in 2003. Kyome Fresh received support from Danidas B2B program in 2009. 250 farmers supply Kyome Fresh with vegetables. The produce is delivered by truck to Kyome Fresh where it is sorted, weighed, packed and refrigerated. Some of it is exported to COOP Denmark and sold in Danish supermarkets.
Photo: Mikkel Østergaard / Danida

Danida has developed a measurement system that provides an overview of whether the Danish development cooperation produces the expected results. For all major bilateral programmes and projects, interim targets are set for the results that are expected to be achieved within a one-year period. Since 2013, OpenAid.dk has provided access to up-to-date information about results within Denmark’s development cooperation. The website allows you to find information across countries, sectors and organisations, from a general overview to specific details about programmes and projects.

Goal fulfilment in 2014

In 2014, results have been measured according to 217 interim targets. The level of goal fulfilment in 2014 is generally satisfactory: 84.3 per cent of targets were fulfilled 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.
This year, the annual report has been published much earlier than in previous years, which explains why Denmark has not yet received goal fulfilment figures for 2014 for a number of programmes. These are therefore missing from the calculations. Programmes and projects that have been delayed or postponed are registered as not satisfactory. The goal fulfilment figures below will be updated again after the second quarter of 2015, when the complete database for 2014 will be ready. The latest results of the individual programmes and projects can be followed at www.openaid.um.dk, which is updated on a daily basis.

In general, a goal fulfilment level of approx. 84.3 per cent for bilateral development assistance is regarded as an indication of a very satisfactory balance between ambitious and realistic targets and inevitable delays in some of the supported activities.

Interim targets that do not live up to the ambitions can be caused by a number of reasons, such as an expected law in the recipient country not being passed, or a partner being unable to provide the people or facilities necessary to enable the programme to be completed on time.

A: Very satisfactory (minimum 96 % achieved) 63.6 % of interim targets
B: Satisfactory (61-95 % achieved) 20.7 % of interim targets
C: Less satisfactory (41-60 % achieved) 8.8 % of interim targets
D: Not satisfactory (0-40 % achieved) 6.9 % of interim targets

Selected evaluations conducted in 2014

Evaluation

Evaluation of the Peace and Stabilisation Fund (PSF): Clear progress in the cooperation between Danish authorities on stabilisation efforts in developing countries

The Peace and Stabilisation Fund (PSF) was set up as part of the Danish Defence Agreement for 2010-2014. One of the main objectives behind the creation of the PSF was to enhance integration between the various Danish efforts in fragile states and conflict-affected areas. During the same period, the PSF had a budget of DKK 941 million, half of which is official development assistance (ODA) and half of which is other funds from the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The PSF is coordinated by an inter-ministerial steering committee, composed of representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice.

An evaluation conducted by the UK consulting firm, Coffey International, in 2014 concludes that the PSF funds have facilitated several successes, particularly in terms of strengthening inter-ministerial collaboration on security and development. The PSF’s activities align with the Danish strategic priorities and the PSF supports the activities that are targeted directly at the drivers of conflicts, insecurity and instability. Examples of concrete activities are contributions to countering piracy off the coast of Somalia, prosecution of pirates, and training of the Afghan National Army. The PSF has also helped strengthen Danish influence internationally, for example within disarmament.

The Danish Government now needs to build on the results achieved by the PSF during the first years of its existence. The challenges lie, among other things, in further developing the integrated approach, in ensuring greater focus on planning and follow-up so as to improve the impact of engagements and interventions, and in ensuring harmonisation between political ambitions and resources.

Evaluation of the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund

Evaluation

Evaluation of Danida’s B2B programme: Leveraging the ability of Danish businesses to engage themselves in developing countries and emerging economies

Danida’s Business-to-Business (B2B) programme has aimed to contribute to poverty reduction by means of growth and employment in priority countries. This was to happen through establishing long-term and commercially sustainable partnerships between Danish and local enterprises. Since 1993, Danida has supported such partnerships, initially under the Private Sector programme until 2006 and then under its replacement, the Business-to-Business (B2B) programme, until 2011. From the middle of 2011, the B2B was replaced by Danida Business Partnerships.

The consultancy agencies, Devfin Advisers AB and Nordic Consulting Group A/S, conducted an evaluation of the B2B programme for the period 2006-2011. The evaluation shows that the programme has contributed to improving the capacity and competitiveness of enterprises in partner countries, and that it has served as a relevant instrument for transferring Danish technology and know-how through business partnerships.

Even though the evaluation highlights a number of examples of well-functioning partnerships that have had a substantial impact in the local area, the B2B programme in a larger perspective, however, has not contributed significantly to achieving the overall goals of economic growth, employment and poverty reduction. The employment effects on the local enterprises are estimated to be less than expected, and similarly there have been no significant spin-off effects on other companies in the partner countries. The evaluation has also questioned the compatibility of the instrument with EU regulations on state aid.

Based on the evaluation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to temporarily suspend the Danida Business Partnerships and Business Project Development facilities and at the same time initiate development of new and more up-to-date instruments as part of a new strategic framework for innovative partnerships.

Evaluation of Danida Business-to-Business Programme 2006-2011