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.
since 2018
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.

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teamimgRoman Troxler
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teamimgMarkus Engler
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01020304
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
teamimgDieter Zürcher
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0102030405
 2019

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

Evaluation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2019

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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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teamimgCarsten Schulz
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0102030405
 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.
teamimgRoman Troxler
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0102030405
 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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teamimgDieter Zürcher
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02030405