The MFS II evaluation assesses effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of development funding at country level and on international lobbying and advocacy, by making use of innovative research methods. MFS II is the grant scheme through which the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs finances Dutch development organisations to reduce poverty in the global South.
MFS II is the Co-Financing System under which Dutch development agencies (Co-Financing Agencies-CFAs) receive funding from the Dutch government to help strengthen civil society in the South as a building block for structural poverty reduction. The current period runs from 2011-2015. A total of 20 alliances of Dutch CFAs have been awarded €1.9 billion in MFS II grants by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to work with Southern partner organisations. The MFS II framework stipulates that each consortium carries out independent external evaluations to be able to make valid, evaluative statements about the effective use of the available funding.
The evaluation is carried out in 8 countries, preselected by NWO-WOTRO: Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Pakistan, and Uganda. The research comprises of a baseline assessment in 2012, a follow-up assessment in 2014, and monitoring in-between.
Capacity development and civil society strengthening in DRC and Liberia
The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction is responsible for evaluating the capacity development of implementing organizations in DRC and efforts to strengthen civil society in DRC and Liberia. Both evaluations are done in partnership with the Development Economics group of Wageningen University.
International Lobby and Advocacy
The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction is also involved in the evaluation of International Lobby and Advocacy, which focuses on three thematic clusters;
- sustainable livelihoods and economic justice
- sexual and reproductive health and rights
- protection, human security, and conflict prevention.