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The overall objective for Dutch humanitarian assistance is to contribute to the relief of life-threatening human needs among the most vulnerable people caused by crisis situations and natural disasters. Between 2009 and 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spent a total of EUR 1.6 billion on humanitarian assistance. This report presents the summary of an evaluation on the Netherlands’ humanitarian assistance policy.
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Several countries in Australia’s immediate neighbourhood have stunting undernutrition rates comparable to those of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This evaluation finds that the Australian Government’s investments generally constitute good practice. A number of recommendations are made to improve the targeting of child undernutrition and the monitoring and reporting of Australia’s efforts.
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Opening Doors and Unlocking Potential – Key Lessons from an Evaluation of Support for Policy Influencing, Lobbying and Advocacy
An increasing number of donors have rediscovered the importance of civil society in creating the conditions for achieving sustainable development. The Netherlands follows this trend. The evaluation concludes that CSOs succeed to various degrees in placing issues higher on the agenda and in influencing policy. However, influencing policy implementation is far more difficult to realise.
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Overall, the Research Programme Consortia are an excellent funding modality for integrated and programmatic research – particularly the length and relative flexibility of funding. The evaluation finds that the consortium structure and programme is highly effective. This is now a mature and internationally respected funding modality for development research.
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The Médecins Sans Frontières delivers operational research courses focusing on practical aspects and learning-by-doing. 79% of the participants report that the course they took was ‘very useful’; 15% report that it was ‘quite useful’. Trained participants increased their knowledge, and their skills and engagement in supervising research team members, collecting safe and ethical data, and disseminating results.
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The evaluation found that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has struggled with mainstreaming the equal rights for women and men principle into development aid policies. The report calls for increasing gender sensitivity, for analysing women’s specific constraints, needs and priorities. It underlines the importance of a long-term commitment to gender equality coupled with a sensible dose of realism on what effectively can be accomplished.
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Work in Progress – Evaluation of the ORET Programme : Investing in Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries
The Development Related Export Transactions program (ORET) is a subsidy facility. It has addressed important obstacles for development by co-financing the construction and rehabilitation of public infrastructure in developing countries. ORET has evolved from a programme of mere delivery of capital goods to a programme offering comprehensive infrastructure service packages that were also financially attractive for recipient governments.
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Japan’s ODA policies in the health sector are generally consistent with the trends in the international community’s assistance shown in the MDGs. However, Japan’s assistance has been mainly for neighbouring countries, while many Sub-Saharan Africa countries have serious health problems. This discrepancy is because of Japan’s “national interest” in creating friendly relationships with neighbour countries through ODA.
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This report begins with a short summary of the five key findings of Global Health 2035 including a discussion of the Commission on Investing in Health's vision for the future of development assistance for health. This is followed by a set of aims for this current study. It also proposes a new classification of development assistance for health that be helpful in discussions of the role of external assistance in the post-2015 era
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Evaluation of the Danish strategy for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights 2006-2013
In 2013, Danida decided to carry out an evaluation of Denmark’s Strategy for the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR). The Strategy provides the framework for Danish support to SRHR. The decision to undertake an evaluation was based on the continued priority of place given to SRHR in Danish development assistance and the expectation that the Strategy will continue to guide engagement in the area.