Mid-term Review of the Palestine Country Programme 2016–2020

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2019


The objective of the mid-term review was to assess the progress in the implementation of the Palestine Country Programme against the results framework and the theory of change, overall programme performance, challenges and development in the political context and risk factors, management of the programme and development engagements, and provide recommendations for adjustments as needed.

The following key areas (among others) were analysed during the assignment:

  • The alignment of the Programme with the State of Palestine National Policy Agenda 2017−2022
  • Programme progress against agreed results frameworks and development engagement documents with attention to the extent to which engagements meet the DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency as well as envisaged sustainability and impact;
  • The programme financial status (including disbursements and expenditures) and financial management arrangements;
  • Partner operational capacity to implement planned activities;
  • The attention and support to gender equality and youth involvement;
  • Adherence and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The review adhered fully to the Danida Aid Management Guidelines.

The Review Team carried out the following tasks: (i) initial desk assessment of the documentation, including of the progress reports for all Development Engagement Documents; (ii) preliminary identification of key issues, outlining these in a Mission Preparation Note; (iii) field visits to meet with all key partners, discuss challenges and propose recommendations to address these; (iv) preparation of a draft Review Aide Memoire and debriefing in Palestine; (v) finalization of the Review Aide Memoire including recommendations. 

The Review Team consisted of three external consultants supporting the Team Leader from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. HN Consultants provided all three consultants to the assignment, including (i) the Municipal and Infrastructure Expert; (ii) Agriculture and Economic Development Expert; (iii) Governance, Civil Society and Human Rights Expert.