Evaluation of Swedish government funded research cooperation support to Mozambique 2011-2016

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The Swedish research cooperation with Mozambique was initiated in 1978 and will in 2017 enter into its tenth phase. The cooperation focuses on institutional and research capacity building mainly at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM). UEM is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in Mozambique, with 17 faculties and approximately 30,000 enrolled students.

The purpose of this evaluation is to analyse, assess, generate knowledge and provide lessons from the Swedish government funded research cooperation support to Mozambique. The evaluation results will inform the design and improvement of performance of a possible continuation of such support to Mozambique 2017-2021. As such, the evaluation results will form an important basis for the future decision on support. The point of departure for the Swedish support and this evaluation is the overall objectives of the Strategy for research cooperation and research in development cooperation 2015-2021: to strengthen research of high quality and of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development, with a focus on low-income countries.  

The evaluation shall specifically cover the bilateral research cooperation programme with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), during the period 2011-2016. It shall take its departure from a contextual analysis, including a brief overview of change in research capacity and training, as well as the research environment at UEM since the start of the Swedish support, which will mainly be done by summing up evaluations and reviews of the cooperation until 2011.

The evaluation shall describe and assess past progress, with focus on the future direction and management of the support (in Mozambique, Sweden and South Africa) resulting in concrete and realistic recommendations, regarding outputs (e.g. trained MSc’s and PhD’s etc.), and outcomes, (e.g. use of research capacity and of research results etc.), specifically:

  1. Assess to what extent the program has contributed to the expected outputs (e.g. number of graduates, publications, courses), outcomes (e.g. institutional development) and impact (e.g. wider socio-economic implications), and the sustainability of these results.
  2. Assess the efficiency (including cost-effectiveness) of the program design, organizational set-up and cooperating partners in the delivery of expected outputs.
  3. Establish achievements and weaknesses and put forward recommendations for the possible future programming phase.

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