Evaluation of Norway's support to women's rights and gender equality in development cooperation: Ethiopia case study report

Research reports and studies
August 2015
Nicola Jones, Taveeshi Gupta and Bekele Tefera

In 2014-15, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) commissioned an evaluation of the impact of Norwegian aid on enhancing gender equality and women’s rights in Southern partner countries. The evaluation builds on several earlier evaluations in the mid-2000s, but focuses more on results, including for the key target groups – women, men, girls and boys in partner countries. Ultimately, the evaluation aims to identify lessons to help the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strengthen how it plans, organises and implements future interventions to promote women’s rights and gender equality within Norwegian development cooperation. It includes a desk review, which aims to assess the global dimension of Norway’s gendered aid, as well as three in-depth country case studies in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal. This report presents the Ethiopian case study, assessing Norway’s support to Ethiopia between 2007 and 2013, focusing on the extent to which results have been achieved (including shorter- term outcomes and, where possible, medium/ longer-term impacts). It also considers whether the results are in line with the Norwegian government’s Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation, which has four main thematic priorities – political empowerment, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and violence against women. Moreover, given that Norad’s 2005 evaluation recommended a stronger focus on equal rights in its dialogue with partner countries, as well as stronger institutional capacities (especially at foreign mission level), this report also examines how these recommendation were implemented.