Category Archives: Africa

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.

External Review of Results and Capacity Assessment

Woman from GhanaUganda, 2014

CLIENT:
Danish Epilepsy Association (DEA)

Main project features:
DEA has a 15 years long partnership with the Epilepsy Support Association of Uganda (ESAU), running various projects together with funding from Danida. During the first 12-13 years, the focus of ESAU has been on internal capacity building and establishment of organisational structures in 145 sub-countries of 39 districts. A prerequisite to make people with epilepsy active in the organisational work of ESAU is access to and availability of epilepsy medication. Thus, this has been the main advocacy goal of ESAU since the start of the organisation. Since DEA will only support ESAU for a few more years, the main focus of the review was to assess ESAU’s capacity to sustain activities in the future.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided a consultant to be the sole responsible for a review of the results and the lessons learnt from the cooperation between DEA and ESAU. The consultant visited stakeholders at national and district levels. The consultant also prepared a capacity assessment of ESAU, as well as an input for the preparation of an exit strategy for the cooperation between the two partners.

Danish Support to Renewable Energy Development, 2013-2016, Mid Term Review

Fisherman NicaraguaSouth Africa, 2014

CLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Main project features:
The South African and Danish Governments signed a DKK 40 million bilateral agreement on a Renewable Energy Programme in March 2013. The programme has three components: Component 1: Technical assistance to the Department of Energy; Component 2: Further development of the wind atlas for the Republic of South Africa; Component 3: Technical assistance to integrate renewable energy into the electricity supply. 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the editor for the main report. The review assessed and presented recommendations on a number of issues, including the following: 1) Progress of components and activities according to what was envisaged in the programme document and inception report; 2) Delays or deviations in programme components and activities. Decision making process regarding new activities; 3) South Africa’s enabling environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency including approval/implementation of the White Paper on renewable energy.

Evaluation of the Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities Programme

African girl preparing fishSierra Leone, 2014

CLIENT:
IBIS

Main project features:
The IBIS programme focuses on strengthening public and civil society capacity to facilitate interaction for pro-poor and accountable governance policies and practices in Sierra Leone. In addition, it promotes increased capacity and opportunities to ward development committees, chiefdom administrations, local councils, civil society organisations, youth and women’s groups for them to engage in local governance and development issues in two selected districts. Key issues include natural resources and extractives management, taxation and human rights conditions in mining areas. The objective of the assignment was to document results and to gather lessons learnt from the implementation of the programme, as well as to provide guidance for the development of the next phase of the programme in Sierra Leone to run from 2015-2018.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the team leader who carried out the desk study and – with a national consultant – field work in the capital (Freetown) and in one of the two selected districts by IBIS, namely Kono District. The evaluation focused on relevance, results, outcome, possible impact, sustainability and effectiveness. It also revised a number of cases relevant for each of the objectives. Key stakeholders including partners, governmental agencies, mining companies, researchers and beneficiaries were interviewed. A debriefing session was held with main partners and IBIS to discuss input for the next phase.

Formative Monitoring Mission of “Democratic Rights and Inclusive Governance in Liberia”

African womanLiberia, 2014

CLIENT:
IBIS

Main project features:
The objective was to assess and validate programme results as well as challenges and opportunities. Likewise, the mission should assess and validate the approach and challenges to partnerships, the programme planning tools as well as review and advice on the current and future advocacy work and synergy development. The programme focuses on i) the natural resource governance sector, ii) budget tracking and accountability in the education sector, and iii) the participation of women and youth in democratic processes. The programme is carried out in a very fragile context.

Service provided:
The consultant was the team leader for the mission and responsible for drafting the inception, debriefing and final report. The report is based on consultations with partners, key informants, governmental authorities, beneficiaries, other donors and IBIS staff.

Elaboration of Concept Note and Climate Change Envelope

Woman from KenyaMozambique, 2014

CLIENT:
Royal Danish Embassy, Maputo, Mozambique

Main project features:
The objective was to prepare a Concept Note for the formulation of a 3-year programme to support the implementation of the National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Mozambique and include a bridging phase between the existing Environment Sector Programme Support and the new Country Programme (expected start-up 2017).

Service provided:
HN Consultants prepared a draft concept note in accordance with the terms of reference. Two international consultants supported the Embassy staff in this task. Among other issues, the team outlined the Danida support strategy, including how the support to a bridging phase for the Environment Sector Programme Support can be integrated with funding from the Climate Change Envelope 2014 in the transition from the current sector programme support towards a new country programme in accordance with the Danida guidelines.

Review of Environmental Sector Programme

Woman from GhanaMozambique, 2013

CLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Main project features:
The objectives of the review were to i) assess the physical and financial progress of the programme; ii) assess the coherence of implementation so far in relation to the overall strategies and objectives of the programme; iii) assess progress in terms of the criteria for “sector budget support (SBS) readiness” in the light of further transition towards SBS by mid-programme as foreseen in the programme document, and iv) propose conditions, options and considerations for formulating support beyond 2015.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided a team of three consultants to assist the Danish Ministry’s team leader in the assessment and review in accordance with the objectives and to provide recommendations for adjustments.