Evaluation of Canadian Development and the Stabilization and Reconstructions Programming in South Sudan

During the period 2009-2014 DFATD spent roughly 231.5 million CAD on development investments in South Sudan, while the stabilization and reconstruction programming amounted to 47 million Canadian Dollars (CAD).

DFATD Development supported initiatives within the areas of children and youth, food security, humanitarian assistance and growth. While a substantially smaller amount was spent on supporting the advancement of democracy and the assurance of security and stability. The Stabilization and Reconstruction Taskforce (START) focused on supporting efforts within the areas of mine action, peacebuilding, policy and security forces (including airport security), mediation and peace processes, as well as justice in South Sudan.

The evaluation examined the relevance and performance of Development and START programming in South Sudan. The evaluation was a retrospective and prospective evaluation of DFATD – whole of government programming in South Sudan.
The evaluation is the first corporate evaluation of a country programme consisting of xCIDA as well as XForeign Affairs after the two parts have been amalgamated into DFATD.

The purpose of the evaluation was to satisfy the accountability and reporting requirements of the Canadian
Government (retrospective) while providing sufficient information to inform the development of South Sudan’s first formal Country Development Strategy 2017 – 2021 (prospective). Special attention was on synergy, coherence and coordination between bilateral, multilateral, and partnership programming in South Sudan.

The team carried out the following tasks:
– Document review
– Interviews at HQ level
– Inception/scoping mission
– Conflict and risk assessment
– Data collection
– Field mission to South Sudan
– Cross validation of data
– Debriefing meetings
– Provided recommendations for the new South Sudan Country Development Strategy

The evaluation was carried out in accordance with the OECD-DAC criteria.

The contract period was from October 2015 – March 2017 and Tana provided 2 out of 4 consultants for the assignment.

Client: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada