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Evaluation of Finnish Forestry Sector Development Cooperation



LTS fielded a team of 11 national and international consultants to evaluate Finnish forestry development assistance from 1990 to 2002. The aim was to focus on the programme as a whole using individual country programmes as sources of information. The target countries were Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and the SADC Colleges programme in Africa: Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia and Mexico. Overall the findings were of high quality technical projects and good professional staff but a tendency to operate in isolation from wider issues. As a consequence, the wider impact was limited. There were several development policy changes applied by Finland during the period reviewed. The Team concluded that Finland has an important role to play in forestry development and a number of comparative advantages from its own history and its favourable political system. Nine recommendations were made to improve the focus and strategic delivery of forestry assistance within the current wider development framework.

Clients:
Department for International Development Cooperation of Finland

Services:
M&E

Geography:
Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Thailand, Tanzania, Vietnam

Date:
2002 - 2003

Keywords:
M&E, monitoring, evaluation, review, forests, MFA, forestry sector, development cooperation