Why we have a results website
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents an annual online overview of the results achieved through development cooperation. This overview supplements the Annual Report on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (BHOS), which is the official report to parliament on the progress and results of this policy made by Sigrid Kaag, the responsible minister. This results website is therefore a selective presentation of the results achieved at a particular point in time, illustrated with several projects by way of example.
Which results we include
The results presented here have been achieved through programmes funded with Dutch Official Development Assistance (ODA). For programmes that are cofinanced by other parties, results are attributed to the Netherlands based on the percentage of the funding it has contributed to the total budget of the programme and/or organisation.
These programmes are implemented in many different countries. The 19 countries (and the Great Lakes region) presented on this website are those where the Netherlands has achieved its main development cooperation results. The thematic pages provide an overview of the results achieved for each theme of Dutch development cooperation policy, through programmes that are funded either from the ministry in The Hague or from a Dutch embassy. The country pages provide an overview of the results of programmes and projects funded by the embassies in each country. The country pages for Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are an exception; they also present results of programmes and projects funded from The Hague.
Most of the target values are expressed in absolute numbers (e.g. of persons or organisations reached) for a specific year. In certain cases, the target values are cumulative: the sum of the results achieved in all the years in the period covered.
Unlike last year, this year education has a separate thematic page devoted to it. A special page has also been added for programmes for young people. Results for the Horn of Africa region have been transferred to the country page for Ethiopia and the new country page for Somalia.
Reporting period and the link with the BHOS budget
The results shown correspond as closely as possible to the financial figures from the BHOS budget for 2019. However, it has not been possible to relate the results presented in the current report to the budget spent in 2019, for two reasons. First, results cannot be entirely attributed to expenditure in the previous calendar year; often they are affected by policy that was introduced earlier, and by spending in previous years. Second, it takes time for programme implementers to gather the information and produce a report; as much as six months after the end of a calendar year. This better enables them to measure societal impact, as opposed to simply the direct output of activities. This is why we have opted for a method using results from progress reports received in the period from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. This also gives us time to analyse the data. As a result, the reported results were partly achieved in 2019 and partly in 2018 or earlier.
How the results were calculated
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are guiding principles for the objectives of Dutch development cooperation policy and thus for the measurement of results. Our Theories of Change determine and explain our choice of themes, our interventions and our expectations of how these interventions will contribute to the social and economic changes we have in view.
We monitor policy implementation and make adjustments where necessary in order to achieve thematic objectives. Progress is measured using qualitative and quantitative indicators. The BHOS budget includes the results aimed at for 17 quantitative indicators. Methodological notes [link voor dit jaar invoeren] explain the definitions and methodology used for these indicators; this site also sets out other, related results and indicators and provides background information and explanations for them as well. It is particularly important to place the results in their local context, in view of the dynamic, varied situations in the countries where activities take place.
Results in a European framework
The Netherlands not only funds its own development projects but also contributes to development cooperation financed by the European Commission. The page with results of EU development cooperation provides a brief overview of these results and refers to additional sources.