In the news: AIID contributes to large-scale evaluation of Dutch development aid

Sep 2, 2015

AIID has finished two studies within the framework of a large-scale evaluation of the Medefinancieringsstelsel (MFS), MoFA’s subsidy framework for civil society organisations with a budget of € 1,9 billion in the 2011-2015 period. AIID conducted a synthesis study combining the results of almost 200 separate evaluations from eight different countries. AIID was also responsible for the Indonesia study, which included impact evaluations of twelve different projects (from cashew nut certification to assistance to victims of gender-based violence).


Outcomes synthesis report:

The synthesis report concludes that many of contributions to achieving the Millennium Development goals (MDGs) are quite positive: the 53 projects scored quite well in terms of project design, implementation and relevance. Clearly, Dutch NGOs and their Southern partner organisations know what they are doing and, by and large, they are doing it well. Where low scores were reported there are some obvious explanations related to civil strife, violence and the Ebola epidemic. Leaving out the three countries affected (DR Congo, Ethiopia, and Liberia), the mean for the important score for objectives achieved was 6.4, a very satisfactory result.

In view of the methods used, the synthesis team finds the results produced by the country teams highly credible. However, the evaluations fail to shed much light on the efficiency question, in part due to the lack of sufficiently detailed financial information on the side of Dutch NGOs and their Southern Partners.

The research of the synthesis team was quoted in the Volkskrant on 2 September 2015.

Link to synthesis report:  Van der Gaag, J., Gunning, J.W., Rongen, G. (2015), “MFSII Joint Evaluations – Final Synthesis Report“, AIID project reports.

Research team: Jacques van der Gaag, Jan Willem Gunning and Gerton Rongen (contact person).

Outcomes Indonesia report on achievement of MDGs & Themes:

The narrative report concludes that the twelve projects selected for evaluation of their contribution to achievement of the MDGs, were well-designed and implemented by committed Southern partner organisations (SPOs). However, the evaluation found limited quantitative impacts of the interventions during the evaluation period. The evaluation also found the interventions to be not cost-effective compared to benchmarks of the overall research framework. The latter result may be explained by the small scale of the implemented projects.

The research also includes twelve evaluations of SPOs on capacity development and and ten SPOs assessed with respect to civil society strengthening. These studies were carried-out by the Center for Development Innovations (CDI) in Wageningen. Survey Meter in Yogyakarta in Indonesia was responsible for the data collection for all three study components.

Read the narrative report for more details about the overall research and the conclusions of CDI with respect to capacity development and civil society strengthening.

Link to narrative report: Pradhan, M.P, Klaver, D., Kusters, C., et al. (2015), “MFS II Joint Evaluations – Narrative country report on Indonesia“, in collaboration with SurveyMeter and Center for Development Innovations, AIID project reports.

Principal investigators:

Prof. Dr. Menno Pradhan: Achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) & themes (contact person)
Ir.Dieuwke Klaver: Capacity development of Southern partner organisations (SPO)
Ir. Cecile Kusters: Efforts to strengthen civil society