2017 Evaluation of Aid Evaluation

Longevity and Vitality: What do Evaluations say About the Sustainability of Swedish Development Assistance Efforts?

Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys

This study aims to examine what evaluations can tell us about sustainability in Swedish aid projects. Sustainability, in this sense, refers to the viability and longevity of achievements financed by development aid once financing is withdrawn.

The evaluation is based on 155 decentralised evaluations from 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s (Sida) publications database

The report was presented during the seminar Livslängd och livskraft – Vad säger utvärderingar om svenska biståndsinsatsers hållbarhet?

Conclusions

  • The overarching conclusion is that it is difficult to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the sustainability of Swedish development aid.
  • Among 114 evaluations in which sustainability was assessed, 48 evaluations conclude that the project was not sustainable, and almost as many did not draw any clear-cut conclusion on the matter.

Author
Markus Burman, EBA