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Evaluation of Danida Support to Value Chain Development

The purpose of the evaluation was to contribute to improving the design and implementation of Danida’s bilateral programme cooperation under inclusive green growth and employment for future support to value chain development (VCD). VCD interventions aim at establishing mutually beneficial links and incentives between smallholders and other value chain actors (such as processors, exporters and retailers) that interact for production and marketing of a given product. The design of VCD interventions is often based on a careful analysis of the business context, actors in the chain, and the relationships between chain actors.

Danida has supported VCD in different forms since 2002. A total of approximately DKK 1.3 billion was allocated for VCD specific interventions in the period from 2002 to 2012. The VCD portfolio includes a large diversity of interventions, some with a small VCD element and others with a more significant VCD element. These interventions often constitute components or sub-components of wider sector programmes. The evaluation has focused on Danida VCD interventions within 11 different countries, which include some elements of a VCD approach.

Data collection and analysis was based on a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative data analysis with qualitative methods. Three primary case countries (Burkina Faso, Serbia and Uganda) were selected for in-depth assessment, which included comprehensive quantitative and qualitative in-country data collection. Two secondary case countries (Kenya and Ukraine) were furthermore visited for additional data collection. The assessment of the remaining six interventions (in Albania, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Central America) was based on documents, existing impact studies and interviews with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) staff.

The evaluation was undertaken by an independent team of consultants from a consortium of Orbicon and Wageningen UR in the period from January 2015 to February 2016.

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PublisherEvaluation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida, Denmark
AuthorOrbicon/Wageningen UR