Category Archives: Africa

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mid-term Evaluation of the project: “Capacity Building for Sustainable Development”

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

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.

Capacity Assessment and Review of Danish NGO ADRA

Sudan – Rwanda, 2015

African woman and childCLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project features: The overall objective of the review was to assess the implementation of ADRA’s plans and activities and the results obtained, as well as to assess to which extent the strategies and policies were reflected in plans/activities. Likewise, the review assessed ADRA DK’s financial and organisational capacity.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the Team Leader (with expertise on civil society development) an expert on Humanitarian issues and an expert on financial management and administration. The Team organized interviews with all ADRA staff members and reviewed documentation before field visits to Sudan and Rwanda. Close dialogue with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ADRA was ensured through an inception report, a mission preparation note and through participation of both ADRA and the Ministry’s staff in the field visits.

Final Appraisal of Kenya Country Programme 2015-20

Kenya, 2015

The women and children of the Samburu tribe KenyaCLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project features: Appraisal of overall country programme support (total budget of 1.3 billion DKK).  Based on an assessment of the quality and feasibility of the CPD and its DEDs, the final appraisal had as its objective to recommend on necessary adjustments to be made prior to submission to the grant authorities.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the single consultant who supported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ staff in the final appraisal.  The consultant participated in the Field appraisal and focused particularly on the appraisal of the DED (Development Engagement Document) for green growth and employment and the Country Programme Document.

Appraisal of Kenya Country Programme 2015-20

Kenya, 2015

Person with disabilitiesCLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (sub-contracted by COWI)

Project features: The Kenya Country Programme has a budget of DKK 1,275 million and comprises three thematic areas: i) Governance, ii) Green Growth and Employment, and iii) Health. For Governance, the seven development engagements are organised according to three areas of intervention: 1) Public sector efficiency (support to Public Financial Management Reform and devolution); 2) democratic practices (support to a civil society fund, justice, rights and equality through an international organisation, support to women’s rights and empowerment through the local NGO FIDA and to enhance elections through the regional organisation EISA); and 3) peace, security and stability through Kenyan NGO ACT.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a consultant who supported Technical Advisory Service in appraisal of the Thematic Governance Programme as part of an overall appraisal team consisting of fifteen consultants. A desk study of the documentation outlined a number of key questions which were shared with the Danish Embassy in Kenya and the suggested partners. Discussions were held with state authorities, key informants, Embassy staff and civil society partners. The consultant likewise contributed to the overall appraisal report.

Evaluation of the West Africa Human Rights and Democratisation Programme

Woman from GhanaWest Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso), 2014-2015

CLIENT:
IBIS

Main project features:
The development objective of WAHRD II, whose implementation takes place from April 2010 to March 2015, is to see that governments, media and civil society are active in ensuring compliance with human rights at local, national and regional level and that peaceful environments have been established to ensure sustainable developments in West Africa. The following issues were evaluated during the assignment: results and relevance of the programme focus, the managerial setup and approaches, the process for partnership selection and the interactions with and contributions from programme partners, synergies with and beween programme partners and whether WAHRD was cost-effective and sustainable.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided a team of three consultants from Ghana, Denmark and Gambia. They carried out interviews with senior IBIS staff, partners, beneficiaries, governmental institutions in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Likewise, information from Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Guinea was collected. The evaluation report was presented in a debriefing session with IBIS and partners. It also provided inputs for a workshop which outlines the definition for a next phase of the programme.