INTRAC has been working since 2013 with Danida on an evaluation of the Danish Strategy for Support to Civil Society. The overall purpose of the evaluation is to collate lessons learnt from the implementation of the strategy and to produce suggestions on how the results of civil society support can be better evaluated into the future. This work has been carried out in two phases.
The First Phase examined to what extent the Danish Civil Society Strategy was operationalised. It also reviewed how different funding modalities have supported the development of a stronger, more independent and diversified civil society in developing countries, and what lessons can be learned to improve Danish support to civil society development in the South. The work included: country studies of Nepal, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia; a review of advocacy and awareness work in Denmark, and a review of other donors approaches to funding for civil society. See the final report here.
The Second phase of the evaluation has taken a continuous approach with support for real-time learning. The focus has been on how to improve the assessment and documentation of the results of civil society support. This has looked, in particular, at how Danish CSOs are tracking and assessing their results and added value to Southern CSOs through a series of “learning syntheses” and workshops. This includes work on:
- summarising results at an organisational level
- monitoring and evaluation of capacity building
- two case studies on innovation in partnership
- country overview reports in Ghana, Tanzania, and South Sudan
- partnership survey in 3 countries capturing the views of local CSOs
- options for Danida to assess the results of its portfolio of civil society support.
The evaluation will complete in early 2017 when more resources will be available.
This work is carried out in collaboration with Danish company, Tana.