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Evaluation of the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund

August 25, 2014 | Report

By Nicole Ball

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The Evaluation has identified seven areas on which the Danish government should focus attention in the coming three year period in order to enhance the performance of the Fund: 1) Deepening the Danish integrated approach to stabilisation; 2) Matching political ambition with human and financial resources; 3) Sharpening the PSF’s focus on key stabilisation issues; 4) Strengthening the PSF’s capacity for assessing context and developing theories of change as a basis for PSF programming and monitoring and evaluation; 5) Ensuring that the Fund’s comparative advantage is adequately reflected in programming; 6) Ensuring adequate flexibility in the use of PSF funding; and 7) Strengthening the management of the Fund to further enhance the effective and efficient 
use of PSF resources.
 
The Evaluation has made 16 recommendations to address these challenges, which can be found in the evaluation report. While it is ultimately the responsibility of the PSF stakeholders, including senior management at headquarters and embassies, under the leadership of the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC), to prioritise and respond to these recommendations, the Evaluation believes that there are seven recommendations that warrant immediate attention, which are outlined below. 
 

Priority recommendations

In order to maximise the effectiveness of Danish support to stabilisation, it is essential that: 1) The IMSC strengthen its strategic guidance and oversight of the PSF; 2) The human and financial resources necessary to implement political ambitions are made available to the PSF; 3) PSF funding is adequately flexible; and 4) The management of the PSF is strengthened to further enhance the effective and efficient use of resources through improved monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and through attention to the choice and oversight of implementing partners. 

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