In 2010, the European Commission conducted an evaluation of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in its support for human rights defenders.
The overall goal of the study was to measure the quality of the actions intended to benefit defenders that were funded under the EIDHR between October 2008 and February 2010, and to recommend measures aimed at improving this support in order more effectively to meet the protection needs of defenders in third countries and to strengthen their situation and their capabilities*.
The results of the evaluation were particularly positive for - among others - the EMHRF, as the final report consider it as: “A well-designed and balanced project, in a high-risk and complex region, with a strong emphasis placed on direct assistance to defenders, and practical assistance aimed at ensuring organizational survival and capacity. The project provides a vital and unique regional presence, and is able to act where other donors are more limited. The strategic relevance of this project [the activities of the EMHRF] for the EU, and its practical relevance to defenders and CSOs [civil society organisations] are without question. Most of the activities and funding grants are oriented directly towards protecting and supporting defenders, with a strong emphasis on qualitative follow-up of cases which makes the Project among the most effective and best targeted”.