Impact orientation in international cooperation

Emergencies with a global impact increase the need for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding. This changes the way such programmes must work together – as well as their roles.
Issues such as poverty, climate change and species loss are of dramatic urgency in the 21st century. They are global issues which transcend national frontiers – yet at the same time international cooperation, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding operate within man-made borders. This requires adjustment. For example, when programmes cooperate, how can they most effectively be linked and implemented? This is what the term “nexus” (Latin nectere: “to bind, to connect”) stands for. And since there are three areas, we are talking about a "Triple Nexus".

We check whether our clients’ structures, approaches and instruments are appropriate and effective. We bring to bear the latest scientific knowledge of how political and economic systems operate, of what works and what doesn't work – and why. We have tools for this, so that we can check and improve them in a targeted manner.

One of Switzerland's strengths is its tradition of working with local people. We share this participatory attitude and are convinced that local voices are crucial in carrying out projects and making them sustainable. With our competence in monitoring and evaluation, we make effectiveness and sustainability visible.

From 2011 to 2019, KEK-CDC coordinated the implementation of the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) on behalf of the SDC.
2017 - 2023

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

Analysis of the success rates of SDC projects and programmes

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For several years, development cooperation organisations have seen a growing demand for evidence of the effectiveness of their programmes and projects illustrated through concrete and tangible results. This analysis is often done through a project or programme evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

With programmes in more than 50 countries and numerous evaluations reported to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) each year, the agency commissioned KEK-CDC to carry out a comparative study of a selection of these evaluations. The aim of this work is to be able to compare all the results of these evaluations using the same scale, regardless of their geography, sector or budget.

KEK-CDC supported the SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the development of an Assessment Grid as a working tool for a standardised and therefore comparable analysis. This assessment grid reflects the six evaluation criteria of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), namely relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. The reports analysed were in English, French and Spanish. The data prepared and aggregated by KEK-CDC generates a "success rate" which is included in the SDC and SECO report to Parliament on pages 18 and 35. 

A similar mandate was also carried out for SECO. For more information, please read the following mandate description.

 
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2018 - 2023
The Quality and Resources Division (WEQA) of SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development Division supports the operational departments in the conception and implementation of economic and trade policy measures with developing countries, the states of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the new member states of the European Union.

For more than ten years KEK - CDC has been supporting WEQA within the framework of a professional backstopping. The main objective of the current support phase is to continue to support WEQA in the consistent and efficient application of the guidelines and instruments already developed, both in risk-based management and in internal reviews and evaluations. Tasks include the application of tools for impact-oriented, efficient and sustainable implementation of programs and projects as well as the identification and integration of latest international best practices. 

The comprehensive analysis of all evaluations of SECO projects are included in SECO WE's biennial performance report. In addition, backstopping helps to promote internal learning in WEQA as well as in the operational departments.

A similar mandate was also carried out for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). For more information, please read the following mandate description.

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2021 - 2022

DROSOS Foundation

Consultancy and process support in setting up a monitoring system in the thematic focus "Economic Self-Reliance" in the programme "Access to the World of Work"

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The DROSOS Foundation commissioned KEK – CDC in 2021 to accompany them in setting up a meaningful and flexible monitoring system (M&E Framework) in the thematic priority "Economic Self-Reliance" in the programme "Access to the World of Work". This included facilitation of the entire process, but also advice on M&E content and the use of the partner-centred Project Cycle Management (PCM) method Outcome Mapping. A major challenge in the process was to map the monitoring data through an IT-based M&E tool (Toladata), and to ensure the aggregation of the data and the reporting system of the different partner organisations.

Thanks to the fruitful cooperation between KEK – CDC, the DROSOS programme manager and the partner organisations, the M&E framework could be further developed in such a way that it can now be used for monitoring at outcome level and for steering the entire programme.
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2020 - 2021

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

External review of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) of the SDC

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Swiss Humanitarian Aid’s main mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering, and one of its four instruments to accomplish this goal Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA) Unit. This unit, which was created in 1973, consists of a pool of approximately 600 standby experts who are grouped in 11 thematic Expert Groups, plus about 180 reserve experts.

The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) mandated KEK – CDC to carry out a prospective (future-oriented) and formative (learning-oriented) review of the SHA Unit. The mandate’s main objective was to determine the relevance, respectively the organisational appropriateness and added value of the SHA Unit and its contribution to the SDC core mandate and Swiss foreign policy in general. KEK – CDC, in partnership with ebaix, used a combination of different analytical tools including an institutional assessment and context analysis, developed a Theory of Change to reflect the logic of the organisational purpose and the work of the unit as well as its deployment modes. Interviews and several focus groups were carried out, as well as an online survey, to gather data from relevant actors. In addition, two in-depth case studies (Jordan and Myanmar) as well as three light case studies (Haiti, Mozambique and Ukraine) were conducted, involving more than forty interviews with SDC staff at the Headquarters, Swiss Embassies, Swiss Cooperation Offices, SHA Unit experts, Swiss and international partners, and other donors in the respective countries.

In order for the work to truly reflect the needs of the mandator, several workshops were organised where additional information and feedback was gathered to guide and inform the evaluation. A final workshop was also facilitated with SDC staff to validate the options for a possible future organisational setup of the SHA Unit and to formulate clearly what options are viable and needed.

The final report can found here.
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2019 - 2020

City of Zurich

External analysis and organisational development process of the City of Zurich's development cooperation funds

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The realignment of the City of Zurich's development cooperation strategy is the consequence of the referendum of November 2019 with the decided increase of the annual award funds for projects to eight million Swiss francs. The Finance Department, which was responsible for development cooperation, reached organisational limits in terms of resources, know-how, organisational structure, processes and external communication with its previous allocation practice and mandated KEK – CDC for a technical analysis and a subsequent organisational development process.

The main objective of the technical analysis was to examine the organisation and allocation of funds in the field of development cooperation by the City of Zurich, and to suggest solutions for future design and allocation based on the new conditions. The methodology consisted of a document analysis of relevant guidelines, leaflets, award reports and application forms of the City of Zurich, semi-structured interviews with relevant actors, focus groups with recipients of contributions from the City of Zurich and a SWOT analysis. This also included a comparison with the City of Basel, the Lottery Fund of the Canton of Zurich and the Liechtenstein Development Service to gather different practices and experiences. KEK – CDC came to the conclusion that development cooperation should be transferred from the Department of Finance to the Department of the Presidency/City Development due to the diverse international relations and recommended to realign the area strategically, in terms of content and organisation with four concrete combinable award modalities.

In the follow-up mandate, KEK – CDC supported the City of Zurich through an organisational development process to develop the constitution and accompaniment of the realignment of development cooperation, which regulates the new award practice along the structure of the four proposed modalities. In this process, the project organisation was established and the new award practice defined in a participatory manner. KEK – CDC used instruments of coaching and project management and accompanied the City Development Department with regard to strategic decisions as well as the project team with regard to technical and organisational questions. This was achieved through regular exchanges and status reviews (feedback, amendments) as well as a flexible adaptation of the implementation plan to new circumstances.
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 2019

Swiss Embassy Kyiv on behalf of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC

Evaluation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2019

#regionaldevelopment #strategicdevelopment #expertadvice #peace&security
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From 2015 - 2018, the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv was involved in the implementation of more than 100 projects as Switzerland’s support to the transition in Ukraine with an estimated budget of 142 Mio CHF. 

KEK - CDC was entrusted by the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv to evaluate the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015-2019, jointly prepared by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Human Security Division. 

KEK - CDC together with two peers from SDC and SECO and supported by a national consultant conducted this evaluation with the aim, to assess the strategic orientation of the Swiss involvement in Ukraine in all areas of intervention.  

The evaluation included concrete recommendations for the new strategy 2020 – 2023 of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine and has been published with a Management Response by the involved Federal Offices. 

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2011 - 2019
The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) has been part of the non-refundable aid offered by the Swiss Federal Council to 12 European member states who joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. Its main goals have been to reduce economic and social disparities between Romania and the more advanced countries of the European Union and between Romanian urban centres and structurally weak peripheral regions. 

KEK - CDC was mandated by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as leader of a consortium* for managing and administrating the two Thematic Funds: “Civil Society Participation” and “Partnership and Expert Fund”. The main goal of the former has been the promotion of active participation of Romanian civil society organisations in policy processes both as a voice of the civil society and as service providers whereas the purpose of the latter has been to strengthen Swiss-Romanian partnerships that are capable to address development challenges.  

In order to compile the achievements of the two Thematic Funds, a website was created with a catalogue of all 141 projects and video/visual products. By February 2018 all projects completed their implementation and closing events took place in Romania as well as in Switzerland. An external final evaluation concluded that the funds were successfully implemented and overall reached the outcomes, namely that citizens’ life changed positively and that the Civil Society’s voice in addressing policy change was strengthened. Yet, the impact at policy level was more difficult to assess. 


* Consortium formed by KEK - CDC, Civil Society Development Foundation and Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation
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 2018

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ

Analyse des modalités de gestion et coordination de la coopération internationale en Tunisie

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Depuis la révolution de jasmin en 2011, la Tunisie a bénéficié d’un effort conséquent de la part des bailleurs de fonds. Cette multiplication d’acteurs a augmenté les coûts de transaction tant pour les bailleurs que les bénéficiaires tunisiens et a diminué l’impact réel des projets au développement. 

C’est dans ce contexte que le Ministère du Développement, de l'Investissement et de la Coopération internationale (MDICI) a sollicité l’assistance technique du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) et de la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). L’objectif de la mission d’appui conduite par KEK - CDC était de développer un récapitulatif des besoins des parties prenantes et des recommandations en vue d’assurer l'utilisation efficiente des ressources et la mise en œuvre efficace des projets de coopération.  

Les recommandations prévoyaient la mise en place d’un dispositif de gestion, de suivi, d’évaluation et de coordination ainsi que d’un système d’information permettant aux intervenants et services concernés de renforcer leurs capacités.
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 2018

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Support of HELVETAS for the elaboration of its programme strategy 2021-2024 and the funding proposal for the SDC contribution 2021-2024

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HELVETAS prepared a new programme strategy for the new programme cycle 2021-2024. The management team has been taking several strategic decisions and discussing various themes and approaches based on a series of policy papers, workshops and consultations at all organizational levels.  
 

KEK - CDC supported HELVETAS in facilitating internal discussions to clarify future orientations, proposing a structure for the results framework, refine inputs and signal eventual gaps and inconsistencies. Those steps aimed in the end to finalise the strategic orientation and extract information needed to submit a proposal to obtain programme contribution to Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. 

As a result, a coherent Theory of Change was developed based on which goals, outcomes and indicators were defined  in a results frame. Additional strategic elements were defined (approaches, transversal themes, management and security instruments), which guide HELVETAS to monitor and report its work. Based on that a funding proposal was prepared and submitted to SDC. 

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