External Independent Evaluation of the SEAFDEC-Sweden Collaborative Program (2013-2019)

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The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is an inter-governmental organization for regional cooperation with an aim, since its establishment in 1967, to promote the development of fisheries in Southeast Asia. The mission of SEAFDEC considered and adopted by the Special Meeting of the SEAFDEC Council 2017 is “To promote and facilitate concerted actions among the Member Countries to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia.” SEAFDEC comprises 11 Member Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has supported SEAFDEC since 2009. In 2013, Sida through the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok entered into the second Agreement with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) to support the activities of the “Fisheries and Habitat Management, Climate Change and Social Well-being in Southeast Asia”. The Project with the original period from 2013 to 2017 was extended until the end of 2019. The overall budget for the whole project period (2013-2019) was 48,000,000 Swedish Kronor.

The evaluation had three evaluation purposes:

•          To assess how relevant, efficient, effective and what impact the project has had contributing to “Sustainable use of aquatic resources and reduced vulnerability to climate change by coastal/rural (fishing) communities in the ASEAN region”

•          To provide SEAFDEC and other intended users with an opportunity to learn from the outcomes and experiences of the project and use the evaluation in the further development of operational relevance for future implementation.

•          To serve as one of the inputs for Sida in assessing how well the project has contributed to the implementation of Sweden´s Regional Development Strategy for Asia and the Pacific 2016-2021.

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