Category Archives: Asia

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.

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.

Programme Completion Reports for two Danida programmes (Governance and 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.

Environment Support Programme, Phase III

Indonesia, 2015

Hand with henna tatooCLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project features: The objectives of the Danida Review were to: 1) Assess the progress of the Environment Support Programme (ESP3) activities including progress of component activities, partner coordination, programme management, implementation of pilot projects, and programme budget; 2) provide recommendations to the ESP3 and the Embassy for the programme transition strategy and synergy, unused budget from The Borneo Initiative (TBI) and possible continuation of Danida’s Support to Harapan Rainforest or corresponding reallocation; and 3) to provide recommendations to the ESP3 Programme Steering Committee on the un-allocated budget.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a full team in support of the Technical Advisory Service, including a Climate change expert, a Forest management expert and a Local expert on environment. The Team provided inputs for the Mission Preparation Note and for the Review Aide Memoire outlining the current programme status, conclusions and recommendations addressing key issues.

 

Evaluation of Justice Partnership Programme

Vietnam 2015

Hanoi VietnamCLIENT:
European Union’s Delegation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Project features: The Programme includes three components: 1) Support to State institutions, namely Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Ministry of Justice; 2) support to the Vietnam Bar Federation (joint donor support from the EU-Denmark-Sweden); and 3) support to the Justice Initiatives Facilitation Fund (JIFF). The Programme was a result of a joint donor support from the three donors European Union, Denmark and Sweden.

Service provided: HN Consultants was sub-contracted by NIRAS, a company which carried out the evaluation together with IBF. HN Consultants provided one of the two main categories of experts to conduct the evaluation. During the evaluation, the team used the DAC criteria (Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability, Outcome and Impact). The consultant assigned by HN Consultants focused on the support provided to the Vietnam Bar Federation (component 2) and through JIFF to civil society organisations (component 3). A questionnaire was used to collect information from NGOs, in addition to interviews with key stakeholders.

Final Reports for the Programme on Strengthening the Capacity of the Inspectorate System (POSCIS)

Viatnamese girlVietnam, 2014

CLIENT:
Royal Danish Embassy, Vietnam

Main project features:
The objective of the assignment was to assess overall programme performance and to facilitate the partners’ and Embassy’s (in collaboration with other donors) joint assessment of the fulfilment of POSCIS’s immediate objectives. In addition, the consultancy identified lessons learnt. The purpose of the programme is “to build inspectorate institutions that are ethical, consolidated, professionalised, and capable of effectively implementing inspection, complaint and denunciation handling, and anti-corruption tasks”. Since 2006 the programme has been jointly funded by Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Denmark.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the team leader for the assignment. With support of a national consultant, he was in charge of guiding and conducting consultations with all necessary stakeholders for the preparation of an overall Programme Completion Report and supporting the ten partners (the government inspectorate, four ministries and five provincial inspectorates) in the preparation of their final reports. Both the overall completion report and each of the ten partners’ final report included an assessment of programme performance and lessons learnt.

Review of Environmental Programme

Farmer in VietnamIndonesia, 2013

CLIENT:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Main project features:
The purpose of tbe review is to provide guidance to the Environment Support Programme’s Steering Committee to ensure that the programme is designed and implemented effectively and efficiently in order to meet the overall objective of the programme. The programme has three components: 1: Improved local impact from implementation of policies and environmental management, also in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 2: Support to the Implementation of Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Policies.  3: Climate Change Mitigation through Natural Resources Management.

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the lead consultant for this first review of the environmental programme. The consultant prepared the Mission Preparation Note and participated in field work and interviews with key stakeholders. An assessment of the first outputs, status for indicators and baseline was made. A review report was presented to and discussed with the programme Steering Committee.

Review of Disability Project

Bicycle shop VietnamVietnam, 2013

CLIENT:
Danish Association of the Disabled

Main project features:
Review of the project “Promoting the implementation of disability laws and policies: DP Hanoi capacity building and advocacy project”. Support to organisational strengthening of the physically disabled people’s most important organisation in Vietnam (DP Hanoi) and to the advocacy processes they carry out.

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the team leader to the review of the project. Visits were carried out to four districts to assess progress in terms of organisational strengthening and advocacy activities on education, accessibility to public institutions, health and employment. Likewise, an assessment was made on the advocacy work carried out to influence the Hanoi City authorities and the implementation of national disability laws. A workshop was held to discuss findings with DP Hanoi.

Climate Change Programme

Indonesia bamboobridgeIndonesia, 2012

CLIENT:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Main project features:
Formulation of a five-year Environment Environment, Energy and Climate Change programme, with three components focussing and environmental management strengthening, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and forest management.

 

Service provided:
HN Consultants provided the Team Leader to organise the finalization of the design for the third phase of environment and climate change sector support to the Indonesian government. Components activities include support to strategic environmental assessment, environmental management and climate change policy, implementation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy pilot projects, and support to the REDD+ strategy and implementation.