Category Archives: Africa

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.

Review for Disability Organisation

African girl preparing fishUganda, 2013

CLIENT:
LEV (Danish disability organisation)

Main project features:
LEV supports the Uganda Parents of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (UPPID). LEV has provided support to capacity building to UPPID at national and district level, including
assistance to strengthen UPPID’s advocacy work towards authorities at both levels. In 2013, LEV expects to prepare a final support, including an exit strategy for the assistance
to UPPID.

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided services to document main results achieved and lessons learnt regarding the collaboration with LEV during the period 2003-2013. Also, our company assessed current capacity of UPPID and identified feasible approaches for the final support to UPPID, including inputs for the exit strategy.

Review of Environmental Support

Woman from GhanaMozambique, 2012

CLIENT:
Danida / Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Main project features:
Annual Review of Phase II of Danish Support to the Environment Sector (ESPS II). Review carried out according to Danish Aid Management Guidelines.

 

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants won this tender and contributed with two consultants. They revised the overall programme components, and were also responsible for a particular review on support to decentralised authorities (municipal level), addressing aspects of institutional support, local government planning, decentralised management, support mechanisms, decentralised finance information, capacity strengthening, programme governance and management, etc.

The two members carried out a review of documentation; meetings with multiple stakeholders at central and municipal level; discussion with embassy and present programme staff; discussions on draft programme, including institutional set-up; formulation of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

 

Review of “Strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana”

African girl preparing fishGhana, 2012

CLIENT:
Danish Association of the Blind, Danish Association of the Disabled, Danish Deaf Federation, Disabled People Organisations – DK.

Main project features:
Advocacy, organisational strengthening and services within disabled people’s organisations. Access to the district assemblies’ fund.

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the team leader who, together with a local consultant, assessed the progress at national level and in four districts for the joint disability project, including advocacy on policies, organisational development and fundraising capacity. Partners are Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Ghana Blind Union and Ghana Society of Physically Disabled. Findings and recommendations were presented and discussed in Ghana with partners and in Denmark with the four Danish organisations and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Evaluation of the Afrobarometer project

Woman from KenyaBotswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, 2010

CLIENT:
Swedish International Development Assistance (SIDA)

Main project features:
The Afrobarometer (AB) Network conducts comparative national surveys measuring public opinion and attitudes on democracy, governance, social conflict, and civil society in 20 African countries.

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided all four members of the evaluation team. The assignment included a comprehensive desk review of information, a survey to main partners, selection of partners to visit according to criteria, field visits to seven Afrobarometer countries, debriefing in each country and draft reporting.