Development Today

Evaluation of DKK 2 billion in Danish support to CSOs

Each year Danida spends just over DKK 2 billion on support to civil society organisations in Denmark and abroad.

The bulk of these funds, 70 per cent, is channelled through 109 Danish-based organisations; an estimated 15 per cent goes to 349 NGOs and CSOs based in developing countries; and about 10 per cent is channelled through international NGOs.

Most of the CSO funding is distributed to countries in Africa.

In 2008, an updated Strategy for Danish Support to Civil Society in Developing Countries was launched. It aimed to contribute to the development of a strong, independent and diversified civil society in developing countries. It places emphasis on supporting the capacity development of civil society organisations and on promoting advocacy work.

Danida now plans to commission an evaluation of the programme’s implementation so far. The study will examine the extent to which a “representative, legitimate and locally based civil society” has been promoted, and whether the programme has contributed to capacity development, advocacy work and networking opportunities in the countries.

The evaluation is to include a broader assessment of the portfolio based primarily on existing secondary documentation as well as an in-depth assessment of how the operationalisation of the strategy has taken place at country level and which results have been generated with support from Denmark as far as promoting a stronger, more independent and diverse civil society is concerned.

The primary focus of the evaluation is expected to be on civil society organisations and development in the developing countries. It is envisaged that field work will be conducted in two selected countries, possibly Uganda and Nepal.

The evaluation is expected to be launched on October 1, 2012 and a final report is to be submitted in March 2013.

The deadline for applications is July 19, 2012.