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Evaluation of the Danish Neighbourhood Programme 2008-2015

November 2016

Summary

The neighbourhood programme is Denmark’s bilateral programme to support the European Union’s (EU) neighbouring countries to the east and southeast with the overall objective to promote peace, stability and prosperity.

The programme was initially launched in 2004 with a first phase from 2004 to 2007 with a budget of DKK 742 million. The second phase from 2008 to 2012 had a budget of DKK 1 billion. The third phase was launched in 2013 with an indicative budget frame of 1 billion DKK in the period 2013 to 2017. The seven priority countries in the third phase are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia.

The evaluation of the neighbourhood programme indicates that significant results have been achieved from the programme, which has addressed a number of important challenges in the neighbourhood region, within human rights and democratisation, good governance and inclusive and sustainable growth. The prospects of sustainability and a longer-term transformative effect are broadly positive within several areas of support. Although close linkage with wider processes (such as EU programmes) combined with continuous support over several phases have catalysed change, the programme was, however, too scattered to fully optimise its effect as an instrument of Danish foreign policy. The evaluation was undertaken by PEMconsult.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

Executive Summary

1 Introduction and Methodology

2 Findings

3 Lessons Learned

4 Conclusions and Recommendations

The following separate annexes to the report can be downloaded from http://evaluation.um.dk:

Annex A Terms of Reference

Annex B Portfolio

Annex C Methodology

Annex D Earlier Evaluations

Annex E Country Notes

Annex F Case Studies

Annex G Theories of Change

Annex H A Coherent M&E Framework

Annex I Secondment Survey

Annex J Secondment Survey Results

Annex K Persons Interviewed

Annex L Documents Consulted

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
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DK-1448 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 33 92 00 00
Fax: +45 35 44 62 01
um@um.dk
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