Mid-term Review Mission: Economic Development and Job Creation in the Tunisian Dairy Sector

Country: Tunisia, 2017

Client: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project features: In 2015 the Governments of Denmark and Tunisia signed a DKK 20 million agreement for the second phase of a dairy sector project within the framework of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). The project support aims to contribute to economic development and job creation in the dairy sector in Tunisia.

A mid-term project review was carried out in June 2017, led by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The review objectives were to assess project progress and results including constraints and related mitigating actions, and to present recommendations for the remaining project period including possible changes in strategy, activities/outputs, management arrangements and budget allocations.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided a project management/monitoring and evaluation expert and a value chain development expert, both with Middle East and North Africa region experience. The consultants worked closely with key project stakeholders including relevant Danish, Tunisian and other development partners as well as private sector operators. The Technical Advisory Office in Tunis and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration facilitated the work. A debriefing note (in French) was prepared by the team and presented at the end of the mission in Tunisia. Likewise, a Review Aide Memoire (RAM) (in French) was handed over to the project steering committee.

Evaluation of Danish-Nepalese Cooperation

Country: Nepal, 2017

Client: Finnish Consulting Group for Danida

Features: All major development cooperation programmes supported by Denmark and carried out between 1991 and 2016 were examined during the evaluation. The programmes included support to governance, human rights, peace, education, environment, the dairy sector as well as support to renewable energy. The evaluation was carried out in accordance with the evaluation criteria with focus on effectiveness, impact and sustainability, as well as eight specific evaluation questions related to documentation of results and changes achieved through Danish development assistance, the “value added” of the Danish approach and lessons learned.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided an expert on rights, governance and human rights as one of two core consultants to support the team leader. On governance, a desk study of four programme phases of human rights and good governance was carried out (1999-2003, 2003-2008, 2009-2013 and 2014-ongoing). In addition, support to the peace process was revised. In Nepal, beneficiaries and partners from both civil society and the government were interviewed at local and national levels. A draft input was provided to the team leader, and the consultant participated in workshops and meetings with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Evaluation of Capacity Building of Organisations of the Blind under the Framework of the World Blind Union, Asia Pacific region. Phase III.

Countries: Mongolia, Laos and Myanmar, 2017.

Client: Danish Association of the Blind

Project features: The Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) implements a capacity-building project, financed by Danida, with the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind, the Lao Association of the Blind, the Myanmar National Association of the Blind and the World Blind Union, Asia-Pacific Region. The project supports three areas: organizational development of the partners, so they can carry out general assemblies and improve human resources and knowledge; advocacy, so that partners can participate in dialogue with and influence duty-bearers; and finally, basic skills and empowerment where blind persons learn about mobility & orientation, braille, and how to engage in the organization.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided the team leader and three local consultants from each of the three countries. The evaluation was carried out according to evaluation criteria, including relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. An inception note was prepared based on a desk review of all available material. The evaluation of each partner’s activities was based on a self-assessment, field visit, including interviews with beneficiaries, leaders from blind organisations at local and national levels, governmental institutions as well as other international stakeholders. The findings were discussed in a debriefing with the partners and DAB.

Promotion of financial sustainability through donor-mapping

Countries: Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa, 2016-17

Client: The Danish Association LEV

Features: LEV is a membership organisation of parents to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Since 1984 LEV has provided support to organisations of persons with intellectual disabilities in developing countries related to capacity building of national organisations; Parents’ Self-Help Groups, among others. LEV has noted that many partners, especially those in Africa, are facing challenges regarding the financial sustainability. Therefore, LEV carried out a fundraising seminar to support LEV partners to get more knowledge on relevant donors for their organisation. HN Consultants ApS was hired to carry out a donor mapping as an input to the seminar.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided a team leader for this assignment, who organized inputs from four local consultants from each country. Input included information on the following issues: 1) Mapping of key donors relevant for the partners. 2) The donors’ key priorities, and how intellectual disability issues relate to these priorities. 3) The donors’ geographical priorities. 4) Examples of how donors support. 5) How to access funding from the donor. The team leader analysed the information and prepared the overall report. In January 2017, HN Consultants followed up on this assignment, supporting each of the partners to use their knowledge on proposal writing.

Formulation of Thematic Pillar: Economic Development

Palestine, 2016

Client: Danish Representative Office, Ramallah, Palestine

Project features: The assignment’s objective was to assist the process of approval of the Country Programme by Danida’s Grant Committee through the review of programme documents of the Thematic Pillar: Promoting Economic Development.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a short term adviser to finalise the underlying documentation to the Thematic Pillar, including formulation of the so-called Development Engagement Documents for: i) the FAO-managed programme on “Enhancing sustainable growth through agricultural value chain development” to be funded jointly with EU, Switzerland and the Netherlands and ii) the Oxfam-managed “Integrated Market Development Programme” to be jointly funded with Switzerland and Sweden.

Appraisal of the Palestinian Country Programme 2016-2020

Palestine, 2016

Client: Danish Ministry of the Foreign Affairs (sub-contracted by Jens Bjerre Consult)

Project features: The assignment’s objective was to provide strategic and technical quality assurance of the proposed Country Programme. The appraisal followed the Danida Aid Management Guidelines including the principles for a human rights-based approach.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided an Economic Growth and Job Creation Expert who provided input to the overall debriefing note and the appraisal report.

Mid-term Evaluation of project for Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Uganda, 2016

Client: Danish Association of the Physically Disabled

Project features: The project has as its objective to promote empowerment of persons with disabilities, organizational development of their organisations and advocacy towards duty bearers. Also, the project promotes sports activities within each of the organizations. The project involved six partners. The three Ugandan partner organisations are: Brain Injury Support Organisation of Uganda (BISOU), Spinal Injury Association of Uganda (SIA), and Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD). The three Danish partners are the Danish Association of the Physically Disabled (DHF), Danish Brain Injury Association (DBIA), and Danish Sports Organization of the Disabled (DSOD).

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a team of two consultants to carry out a desk review, field visit to six districts and interviews with duty bearers and rights holders of persons with different physical disabilities. The Mid-term Evaluation used DAC evaluation criteria, including an assessment of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and – to the extent possible – impact.

Mid-term Evaluation of “Data in the Fight Against Impunity” project (EU-financed)

Uganda, Kenya, Serbia, Nepal, 2016

Client: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

Project features: The project included support to partner rehabilitation centres located in 11 countries in four regions. The objective is to contribute to the fight against impunity by using data gathered from survivors of torture to support accountability, prevention, and rehabilitation of victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The project seeks to strengthen and harmonise the capacity of rehabilitation centres in their efforts to collect clinical data and use them to support anti-impunity work by facilitating the employment of such data in the production of human rights outputs as well as in advocacy activities. The purpose of the Mid-term evaluation was to assess project progress and provide recommendations for adjustments. The assignment used the DAC evaluation criteria.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the consultant in charge of the evaluation. The consultant carried out a desk review of all progress reports; questionnaires were submitted to selected partners and field visits were made to four countries to visit partners, torture victims, other NGOs and duty bearers on progress regarding documentation of torture cases and its use in advocacy.

Support to Final Reports for two Danida programmes (Governance & Justice)

Vietnam, 2015-16

Client: Royal Danish Embassy, Hanoi

Project features: The assignment’s objective was to prepare Draft Programme Completion Reports for each of the following two programmes: 1) Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme and 2) the Justice Partnership Programme (co-financed with the European Union and Sweden). The first programme includes support to three components: i) improved public administration in five provinces; ii) human rights education & research in two universities and a research academy iii) strengthening of the office of the national assembly and the promotion of public participation and accountability in law-making and policy development processes by strengthening engagement of Non-Governmental Organisations. The second programme includes support to three components: i) support to judicial reform through state institutions, namely the Supreme People’s Court; the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Ministry of Justice; ii) support to the Vietnam Bar Association; and iii) establishment of a Justice Initiatives Facilitation Fund, supporting the Non-Governmental Organisations’ role in the justice sector.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a team of two consultants, one national and one international who carried out a desk review of all relevant information, including progress reports for each of the two programmes. Hereafter, the team conducted field work where key stakeholders were interviewed. The team participated in a conference and an end-of-project workshop where additional information was collected. Two draft reports were presented and discussed with the Royal Danish Embassy.

Review of project for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Rwanda 2015

Client: The National Association of LEV (Danish disability organization)

Project features: The Project focused on two objectives: 1. TUBAKUNDE partner – the organisation, representing persons with intellectual disabilities in Rwanda – has the capacity to act as an efficient advocacy organisation for its members in Rwanda. 2. TUBAKUNDE has enhanced legitimacy among and increased involvement from parents of persons with intellectual disabilities in their work. The objective of the assignment was twofold, namely: (i) to review results and lessons learnt from the project, and (ii) to assess current organisational capacity of TUBAKUNDE with particular focus on the extent to which policies, procedures etc. are implemented and reflected in governance and day to day management.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the lead consultant to the assignment, who interviewed leaders of TUBAKUNDE, its staff, members and parents from three districts as well as informants and duty bearers in order to review the results of the project. The board, staff and selected members & parents, as well as donors, were interviewed to assess the current capacity of TUBAKUNDE. Based on a debriefing meeting with board and staff members, an outline to a possible future project was prepared.