Evaluation of the World Academy of Science (TWAS), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and GenderInSITE (GIS)

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This assignment was an evaluation of three organisations supported by Sida: The World Academy of Science (TWAS), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and GenderInSITE (GIS). GIS is a project that is supported under the OWSD contribution and is coordinated by OWSD. The primary objective of the evaluation was to provide a rigorous and independent assessment of TWAS/OWSD/GIS performance for the purpose of learning. The evaluation was conduted in order to serve as a basis for Sida in deciding on continued cooperation after the end of the current agreement. It also provided recommendations to both Sida and TWAS/OWSD/GIS on the focus and direction of continued cooperation. 

The assignment was finalised in June 2016. The evaluation found that the broad policy objectives – promoting excellence in scientific research responding to needs of young scientists and women in developing countries remain highly relevant,  and that the three programmes are in line with Sida´s research strategy. There is need for further work on mapping the potential cooperation/collaboration between other Sida funded activities both regionally and globally as well as being proactive in seeking matching funding from other development agencies. Addressing the overall objectives is going to be a long-term commitment. GIS in its formative years has focused almost entirely on launching its programmes and operations. The other two programmes have managed to increase their funding base, and further efforts are on going. A management approach focusing on outcomes, rather than just outputs, is required given the complexity of the policy environment within which the programmes operate, and the large number of other conditions beyond the control of the initiatives that need to be in place to achieve the policy objectives. The evaluation recommends continued funding to all three organisations, although with added focus on diversification of funding in the next phase.

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