Why have a results website?
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents an annual online overview of the results achieved through development co-operation. This overview supplements the Annual Report on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (BHOS), which is the official report by Minister Kaag to parliament on the progress and results of the policy. This results website is therefore a static presentation of a selection of the results achieved, illustrated by means of example projects.
Which results are included?
The results presented have been achieved through Dutch funding of Official Development Assistance. The Netherlands funds multilateral programmes via the European Union (EU), the World Bank and the United Nations (UN), as well as bilateral programmes via the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). For programmes that are co-funded by other parties, results are attributed to the Netherlands based on the percentage of funding contributed to the total budget of the programme and/or organisation.
These programmes are implemented in several countries. The countries presented on this website are the most important countries to which the Netherlands contributes in terms of development cooperation. The country pages provide an overview of the results achieved per country through Dutch funding1. The theme pages provide an overview of the results achieved for each theme within the entire policy2.
Most target values are expressed in absolute numbers achieved in the specific year (number of persons, organisations). In certain cases, the target values are cumulative: the sum of the results achieved in all the years within the measurement period.
The budget spent in 2018 cannot be directly related to the results presented; after all, change takes time. The results are therefore partly those of policies (and expenditures) that were implemented previously. The financial figures and results shown here correspond with the Annual Report on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (BHOS) 2018.
The use of different financial figures applies to the Climate theme alone and these are from the Homogeneous Group International Cooperation (HGIS) annual report 2018. This source was chosen because climate financing is more than the budget for climate in the BHOS budget; other budget items also contribute to climate action. Appendix 6 of the HGIS Annual Report 2018 provides an overview of Dutch climate finance, to which the figures at the bottom of the Climate theme page refer.
It takes time for programme implementers in the various countries to gather the necessary information and produce a report; as much as six months after the end of a calendar year. We not only wish to measure the direct results of our activities, but to show what has been achieved through them; the impact they have made. This is why we have opted for a method in which we use results from implementation reports that were received and approved in the period from September 2017 to September 2018. This also gives us the opportunity to analyse the data. As a result, the reported results were partly achieved in 2017 and partly in 2018. This method will continue to be used in the future.
This method differs from that used for previous online reports, which presented the results for a single calendar year. The results obtained in the current report have not therefore been compared with the results of the previous edition. As a consequence of this changed reporting period, new priority themes, such as education, and the geographical shift to focus regions, as set out in 'Investing in global prospects‘, are not yet included in this presentation. Some of the results on this website (A World to Gain) were also achieved based on the previous Cabinet's policy.
Measurement of the results
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form an important basis for the objectives of Dutch development co-operation policy and thus for the measurement of development co-operation results. Theories of Change also specifies and substantiates the choices of themes, interventions and the expectations of how these interventions contribute to the intended social and economic changes.
We monitor policy implementation by means of progress reports from our partners and can make adjustments where necessary in order to achieve theme and country objectives. Progress is measured using qualitative and quantitative indicators. In this way, results can be monitored as closely as possible. Given the dynamic and varied context of development efforts, indicators alone cannot be used. The assessment and monitoring of results therefore has both a quantitative and a qualitative dimension. It is particularly important to place the results in the local context. More information on the indicators used can be found in the methodological notes, which explain the definitions and methodology used in greater detail. On this website, we explain some of the supplementary indicators and provide context and clarification of the results.
Results in a European context
The Netherlands not only funds its own development projects but also contributes to development co-operation carried out by the European Commission. The Results of EU development co-operation page provides a brief overview of these results and refers to the additional sources.
1 Concerns only funds delegated to Dutch Embassies.
2 Concerns both central and delegated funds (contains in part the same results as the country pages)