Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Colombia Country Program Evaluation 2006-2011

The Colombia Country Program disbursed nearly $65 million from 2006 to 2011. There was a strong focus on children’s rights, civilian protection, peacebuilding, sustainable economic growth and private sector development, and food security. By 2011, the program had focused its programming in the conflict-affected department (province) of Nariño.

Why conduct this evaluation?

This evaluation was intended to assess results and management performance, and to document lessons learned.

What did the evaluation find?

The program garners recognition within the international community for its role in protecting and promoting child rights in Colombia.

Effectiveness: Among other results of the program, the Government of Colombia created policies to entrench child human rights protection and fostered youth-led peacebuilding. The department of Tolima passed legislation to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

Relevance: The program’s highly relevant initiatives for the socially vulnerable—in particular children’s rights, access to early childhood education, and prevention of youth involvement in violent and illicit activities—reflected real needs in this conflict-affected country.

Sustainability: The program designed and implemented projects that Colombians can sustain in the long term. Although many donors have announced reductions in funding, Canada’s designation of Colombia as a country of focus has led to predictable funding.

Crosscutting themes: Mixed results in addressing gender equality and environmental sustainability indicate a need for future improvements on the part of the program and its partners.

Coherence: There was strong alignment with Canadian foreign policy priorities. The program also played a leadership role in donor coordination, particularly in human rights programming.

Efficiency: The focus on a key strategic issue—child rights—maximized impact. Using local organizations to implement projects proved cost effective.

Management principles: Ownership by the Government of Colombia and donor harmonization have significantly improved.

Performance management: There was consistency and leadership in the use of results-based management and risk analyses. Better baselines, gender-disaggregated data, and clear targets for selected indicators would further improve reporting.

What is next for the Colombia Country Program?

  • Enhance policy dialogue on gender equality and environmental sustainability with the Government of Colombia and other donors.
  • Ensure crosscutting themes are appropriately integrated into the design, implementation, and monitoring of the program’s interventions
  • Strengthen attention to performance measurement, including the identification of baseline data and the establishment of targets for certain indicators.
  • Seek further guidance for conflict analysis and programming in situations of fragility.

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Highlight Sheet — Country Program Evaluation for Colombia 2006-2011 (PDF, 467 KB, 1 page)
Full Report — Country Program Evaluation for Colombia 2006-2011 (PDF, 1.20 MB, 82 pages)