Evaluation of the Honduras Country Program, 2010-11 to 2016-17 – Summary Report

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Why is it important?

This evaluation was conducted to provide an evidence-based neutral assessment of development assistance in Honduras to Canadians, Parliamentarians, Ministers, Central Agencies, Global Affairs Canada management, partners and beneficiaries.

It aims to contribute to informed decision-making and to support policy and program improvements by helping to identify good practices and lessons.

What the evaluation assessed

Global Affairs Canada’s development assistance programming in Honduras between 2010-11 and  2016-17, with focus on projects supported by the Americas Branch (NGM) alongside a purposively selected sample of projects supported by the Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch (KFM).

The evaluation questions that were asked


Effectiveness and efficiency


Cross-cutting themes

Evaluation scope

What the evaluation found


Projects were aligned with target population needs and were largely designed and implemented using participatory and consultative approaches. Bilateral aid to Honduras during the evaluation period focused on increasing food security and securing the future of children and youth through investments in health and education. While programming was highly relevant to the country’s needs, it was noted that the department was initially slow to respond to an evolving Honduran context, regional priorities, and issues of importance to Canadians.

Effectiveness and efficiency


Support for capacity-building and the development of replicable project models contributed to the durability and scaling up of results.

However, in health and education sectors, the limited capacity of Honduran governmental institutions, alongside reduced donor funding presents challenges for sustaining results.

Cross-cutting issues

The level of integration of cross-cutting issues, and results achieved, varied by issue and sector.

Summary of Recommendations and management responses

Recommendation 1

Review project management processes to identify inefficiencies, expedite the time required to complete project agreements and further streamline and standardize requirements. 

Agreed: The Honduras Development Program with support from the International Assistance Operations Bureau (IAOB) will identify and address process inefficiencies that are within the program’s control. The IAOB will address programming process and harmonization issues of a corporate nature by incorporating solutions into related corporate action plans. The Grants and Contributions Management Bureau will examine delays encountered in the agreement preparation phase for initiatives developed in Honduras. Findings will inform action plans to improve the efficiency and effectiveness programming processes and management practices.     

Recommendation 2

Improve longer-term strategic planning at the program level. 

Agreed:  In 2015, the Honduras Program adjusted its longer-term strategic planning to focus on two thematic areas currently referred to as: growth that works for everyone and inclusive governance (including the promotion and protection of human rights) with focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  A performance measurement framework that is aligned with the Feminist International Assistance Policy and includes reporting on program-level results will be developed.      

Recommendation 3

Continue to improve mechanisms to share knowledge and create synergies across projects and partners supported by different branches.  

Agreed:  The Honduras Development Program will build on existing efforts to share knowledge with Global Affairs Canada branches and external project partners and to improve coherence at the strategic and implementation levels. The Partnerships for Innovation Branch will continue to seek opportunities to increase knowledge sharing, improve coordination and harness synergies where possible. 

Recommendation 4

Target gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with a program-level strategy.  

Agreed:  The Honduras Development Program will build on existing efforts to: develop a performance measurement framework that identifies gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as the driver of its development efforts; dedicate funds to continue to actively engage in donor coordination and policy dialogue on gender equality; to continue to engage local gender equality specialists, work with HQ gender equality specialists and provide ongoing training as needed; and to reactivate the local gender equality specialist network. 

Recommendation 5

Implement information management mechanisms to better document and transfer corporate memory.   

Agreed:  The Honduras Development Program is implementing an improved information management system to facilitate knowledge transfer between the Honduras Country Office and HQ and to better transfer corporate memory within the Country Office.  

Considerations for future international assistance programming

Considerations for geographic branch programming

Considerations for international assistance programming across branches

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