Dutch Energy Development Cooperation

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The ecol team is leading at RWI a consortium in charge of the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of development activities of The Netherlands, the most important bilateral donor in the energy sector.

  • Date: 2009-2014
  • Location: Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Indonesia
  • Client: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB)

Impact Evaluation of Energy and Development Cooperation Supported by the Netherlands
Since December 2009, the ecol team is leading at RWI a consortium with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), which is in charge of the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of development activities in the energy sector financed by the Netherlands. The Netherlands are the most important bilateral donor in the energy sector and, following a debate in domestic policy about the effectiveness of Dutch aid, have committed themselves to a rigorous evaluation of the achieved impacts. The ongoing projects comprise electrification interventions, the provision of solar lamps, biogas, biofuels and efficient cooking stoves. Against this background, ISS and RWI will elaborate evaluation strategies for five countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Indonesia. The strategies will be implemented on the ground by 2013, when the results will be reported back to the Dutch Parliament. The purpose of the evaluations is to glean insights into the types and magnitude of impacts by rigorously quantifying the effects of Netherlands’ supported development interventions. Lessons shall be drawn from the findings for improvement of policy and policy implementation. The impact evaluations should also help to better understand the extent to which activities reach the poor.

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