Evaluation of Core Support to The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)

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Georgia
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The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) is a Georgia-based non-governmental organization that aims to support the development of an informed and empowered society for democratic governance. It was established in 2009 and rather quickly became known to the Georgia as one of the leading NGO in obtaining information from the authorities and providing it to the society, thus paying way to access of quality information, analyses of the information, promoting rule of law and reducing corruption. 

The Embassy of Sweden in Tbilisi the first time ever started providing support to the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). Currently the project in the mid of its lifetime. The Embassy needed to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the project’s performance in order to guide the dialogue on Swedish support to the IDFI and if necessary to adjust the implementation for the rest of the project lifetime.

The evaluation object was the contribution called Core Support to the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).

The purpose of the evaluation was to help Sida and its partner IDFI to assess progress of on-going project Core Support to the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in order to learn what works well and less well. The evaluation will be used to inform decisions on how project implementation may be adjusted and improved.

The primary intended users of the evaluation were:

· Embassy of Sweden in Tbilisi

· Partner organisation the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)

The Evaluation Team assesses that IDFI’s strategic approach as well as the focus of its practical program implementation are highly relevant in relation to Sweden’s results strategy for reform cooperation. Its operations are also relevant to Georgia’s reform priorities and challenges. However, the political context in which IDFI is implementing its programme has not been conducive to change. Its operations have also been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, IDFI has produced a substantial number of high-quality outputs and contributed to several important outcomes relating freedom of information and good governance generally. There are however legitimate concerns that IDFI is taking on too many diverse issues and that this may affect its core activities. The evaluation includes recommendations to IDFI.

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