Centre for Development Studies

Joint MFS II Evaluations at Country Level - Bangladesh

May 2012 - April 2015

Principle Investigator: Joe Devine

Research Team: Ali Zulfiqar (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies), Anne Garbutt, Brian Pratt, and Nigel Simister (INTRAC, Oxford), and Geoffrey Wood (University of Bath)

Funding Body: WOTRO Science for Global Development

Total Value of Award: €659, 278

Project Rationale and Aims:

The research programme provides an independent and external evaluation of the effective use of MFS II funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This funding is for development interventions aimed at strengthening civil society in the Global South as a basis for structural poverty reduction.

The Netherlands has a long tradition of public support for development cooperation. The Co-Financing System (Medefinancieringsstelsel or ‘MFS’) is its most recent expression. MFS II is the 2011-2014 grant framework established to achieve a sustainable reduction in poverty. A total of 20 consortia of Dutch development organisations have been awarded €1.9 billion in MFS II grants by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Consortia members collaborate with other organisations in the Global South to carry out interventions on core agreed themes. The Joint Evaluations will assess the impact of the MFS system.

The Joint Evaluations consist of eight country-specific evaluations, a synthesis study of these evaluations, and an evaluation of international lobbying and advocacy. Bangladesh was selected as one of the eight country-specific evaluations. The eight country evaluations attempt to carry out comparable research looking at impact on three core areas:

1. the achievement of Millennium Development Goals;
2. capacity building of partner organisations in the Global South,
3. civil society strengthening.

In Bangladesh, MFSII works with over 60 NGOs. Around 20 of the NGOs are involved in the country evaluation.

Baseline surveys have been carried out in September/October of 2012 and follow-up surveys are planned for 2014. Through 2013, the Bangladesh team will carry out in-depth case studies of selected NGOs.

The research team uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods including ‘before and after’ statistical comparisons, ‘difference in difference’, propensity score matching, 5 capabilities methodology, adapted CIVICUS scoring, and case studies. The aim is to ensure methods are as rigorous as possible, are able to help make informed judgements about causality and attribution, and can be compared within and between countries. 

Project Outputs and Impact:

The Evaluation will result in a database on the each of three components: MDG achievements, capacity building, and strengthening civil society; a comprehensive baseline report in 2013; and a follow up report in 2014. The baseline report will feed directly into a synthesis report. These will all be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consideration.

Raw research data will be made available to other parties.

Other publications from the data will be decided at the end of 2013.

For more information about this project please contact:

Name: Prof Joe Devine
Title: Head of Department
Department: Dept of Social and Policy Sciences
Location: 3 East 3.40
E-mail: j.devine@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 383539