According to the largest evaluation of Dutch development projects ever conducted, development organisations are effective, efficient and deliver excellent work. The tax money they received to achieve their goals, 1.9 billion euros in the last five years, has been well spent.
200+ projects by 64 Dutch NGOs evaluated
Independent academic researchers carried out a large number of in-depth evaluations to assess the results of development programmes implemented by Dutch development organisations in the framework of the Dutch subsidy system MFS II (Co-financing II) between 2012 and 2014. The evaluation was unique in its complexity and size involving over 200 projects implemented in eight countries by 64 Dutch NGOs that were organised in 19 alliances. The overall conclusion is that Dutch development cooperation is efficient and effective.
Conclusion: positive results achieved across the board
The two hundred researchers worked under the supervision of Professor of Technology and Society at Maastricht University Wiebe Bijker, They concluded that the development programmes have positively contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and that lobbying and advocacy programmes have clearly influenced the agendas of policy makers. Also with regard to capacity building positive results have been achieved: many organisations have improved their capacity to manage their own affairs successfully.
Professor Bijker was surprised by the findings as he has seen much criticism of the sector in the Netherlands in recent years, "The government has also cut many subsidies to NGOs. And now it appears that the industry is completely in order after all". According to a spokesman, Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen is satisfied with the performance of development organisations, but still thinks it is time for a different kind of policy that focuses on strengthening civil society in developing countries.
You can download the two-page flyer ‘What have we gained from MFS II? ‘ from the documents box for a summary of the evaluation’s findings as well as the Synthese endline report covering 2011-2015.