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Evaluation of Norwegian Development Cooperation with Afghanistan

Norway has provided substantial development assistance to Afghanistan during the period 2001 – 2009. The Norwegian assistance amounting to NOK 4.6 billion has focused mainly on three sectors – education, community development and good governance including the judicial system’s ability to enforce rule of the law. In addition, the health sector also attracted some funding.

The main partners in the Norwegian assistance portfolio are the multilateral organization, followed by Norwegian NGOs, and Norwegian government to government twinning projects implemented by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Norwegian Police Directorate.

The current Norwegian engagement has been anchored in the UN mandate, the Bonn Agreement 2001, the Afghanistan Compact that emerged from the London Conference on Afghanistan in 2006 and later conferences. A salient feature of the Norwegian engagement is the separation between the military and the developmental assistance components, although there is consensus about the mutual interdependence among the results of these two components.

The main purpose of this evaluation is to assess the contributions of the Norwegian development assistance to promote socio-economic conditions and sustainable peace through improvements in the capacity of the Afghan state and civil society to provide essential public services. The main focus shall be on education, community development, health and governance. Included herein is also an assessment of the coordination and coherence efforts made to deliver assistance to Afghanistan. The evaluation shall cover all Norwegian development assistance to Afghanistan, both through the bilateral and the multilateral channels.

The time period for the analysis will be from 2001 to the present. The evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the prevailing DAC Evaluation Quality Standards. In addition, the evaluation should be relay on the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and the 2007 OECD guidelines for engagement in fragile situations where relevant.

Partners: IDN and Ecorys from the Netherlands as lead partner. Tender and contract organizer: NORAD

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