External evaluation report of EMHRF 2009 - 2012

Commissioned by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), an external consultant, Ms. Hilde Hey, has been hired to perform an evaluation of the performances and the relevance of the actions and orientations of the Foundation during the period 2009-2012. In particular, the evaluation aimed at providing an overview of the EMHRF work within its main headings, assessing the relevance and effectiveness of the work, providing feedback about results, process, strengths and weaknesses and to the new orientations decided at the beginning of 2011 as well as assessing progress against agreed goals and objectives.

Overall, this external evaluation confirmed the relevance and effectiveness of the support actions undertaken by the Foundation.

In particular, it noted that “the Foundation has expanded its work in terms of the number of human rights defenders supported and the overall funding allocated. The political changes that occurred in the Southern Mediterranean countries has shown that a very small Foundation, such as EMHRF is very capable of responding quickly to changing political situation. The Foundation is able to respond rapidly to financial needs which may arise for human rights defenders and it is able to accompany emerging human rights defenders and their organizations in their aim to mobilize international support, seek funding from mainstream donors and make alliances with local NGOs who have similar goals and aims. EMHRF has become an eminent player in the region because of its trustworthiness and extensive human rights knowledge about the region.”

The executive summary of the evaluation can be found here.