Evaluation of the Swiss Country Strategy Mongolia 2013-2016/17

Kunde: SDC - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Background

This evaluation assesses Switzerland's cooperation with Mongolia as defined in the Cooperation Strategy (CS) of SDC 2013-2016/17. The CS was extended until end of 2017 in order to consider the outcome of national and local elections in 2016. The overall goal is to contribute to equitable and sustainable social and economic development in Mongolia. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is not operating under this strategy neither the Human Security Division (HSD) nor other Federal Ministries are involved in Mongolia. The CS focuses on three Domains: Agriculture and Food Security (AFS), Vocational Education and Training (VET), and State Reform, Local Governance and Civic Participation (GOV). The overall revised budget for the period 2013-2016/17 is CHF 98.4m.

Activity

  • Teamleader for this peer review with two SDC peers
  • Interviews with key persons of SDC and the FDFA in Switzerland
  • Elaboration of an inception report reviewing the context, the achievements and the open issues
  • Review of the M&E system
  • Mission to Mongolia, including a field visit to Bayankhongor to visit SDC projects of all three Domains
  • Participatory workshops with SDC and project staff
  • Debriefings in Ulaanbaatar and Berne
  • Writing of an Evaluation Report.

Results

The evaluation report assessed the achievements in the three Domains, identified crucial factors for achievements and made recommendations for the planning of a next Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2018-2021. This considered the specific context in which Mongolia has become an Upper Middle Income Country in 2015. Though it has fallen below the threshold again the medium term outlook for its mineral resource based economy is good and requires a reorientation of the classical development cooperation approach because poverty is reduced and becoming an urban phenomenon.

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