Evaluation of Norwegian Support to Capacity Development

Capacity development is a core cross-cutting issue for Norway. It is estimated that projects and programmes with significant capacity development objectives account for a minimum of 20% of bilateral expenditure.

The purpose of this evaluation is to help Norway improve its decision making and strategy on capacity development in developing countries, particularly in public sector institutions. It aims to provide accountability for Norway’s aid spending and generate learning on why and how capacity development has been successful (or not). The evaluation forms part of a coordinated set of evaluations commissioned by the Evaluation Departments of Danida, Norad and Sida.

The overall approach of the evaluation is theorybased. It is grounded in a general theory of change for capacity development that was developed jointly by Norad, Sida and Danida. The evaluation draws on evidence from 19 Norwegian capacity development interventions across nine countries. Eleven interventions are based on in-country work in Malawi, Mozambique and Vietnam, the other 8 are based on desk reviews. All of the interventions that have been included for review have an explicit intention to support the development of public sector capacity.

You can also watch interviews with the joint team leaders from Danida, Norad and Sida.