Evaluation of transboundary water management projects in the Middle East and North Africa region Nov 13

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This evaluation was contracted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the Framework Agreement for Evaluation Services, and conducted by the consortium partners FCG Sweden and Sthlm Policy Group AB from March 2017 to September 2017.

The evaluation is an independent assessment of the effectiveness, relevance and sustainability of the three Sida-funded projects, and highlights lessons learnt from the interventions. While assessing the relevance of the projects, the evaluation also includes an assessment of how gender is incorporated into the programming and illustrated in project results.

The primary purpose of the evaluation is to provide an assessment of the project approaches for building cooperation on transboundary natural resources management and improving water management. It will serve to support the design of potential future Sida support.

More specifically, the terms of reference asked the evaluation team to answer evaluation questions for the three projects, and present findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learnt.

Sida’s three partner organisations for the evaluation were: 

  • Global Water Partnership Mediterranean Regional Water Partnership (GWP-Med) – ‘Overcoming Governance Challenges to the Mobilization of Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector’
  • The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) – ‘Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management’

  • Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) – ‘Experience Exchange for Regional Water Cooperation in the Middle East’.

The Evaluation Team adopted an outcome-oriented approach to this evaluation, seeking verifiable evidence for changes contributed or attributed to the Sida-supported projects. The outcome-oriented approach sought information to verify reported, expected or perceived changes and their relation to project activities and outputs. The information should help in understanding how de facto changes can be attributed to the Sida-supported projects and/or in analysing whether the projects contributed to others’ efforts in realising those changes.

In-depth interviews were conducted with management and staff at each of the three Sida partners (GWP-Med, REC and SFG) in the field and/or via Skype, and stakeholders and beneficiaries in the field, as well as relevant Sida officers. The Evaluation Team conducted field visits to Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

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