Mid-Term Review Bhutan

Implementing organisation: BSS Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung Country: Bhutan Contract sum: € 74.924,00 Project start: 16.06.2017 End: 31.12.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall purpose of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Bhutan Country Strategy of the Austrian Development Cooperation 2015-2018 is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and – to the extent possible and meaningful – the impact and sustainability – of the results achieved under the ADC Country Strategy Bhutan 2015-2018 as well as the years leading up to the strategy since 2013, the end of the previous Bhutan Country Strategy 2010-2013, and to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of its strategic orientation and of its implementation.

Expected results

Assessment of the relevance and coherence of the Austrian development cooperation in regard to Bhutan’s national development priorities (incl. the sustainable development goals - SDGs).

Assessment of the extent to which ADC and its partners are on track to reach the strategic objectives and results set out in the Bhutan Country Strategy and identify key factors that enhance or hinder performance, results and achievements.

Appraisal of the efficiency and effectiveness of the strategic and operational steering mechanisms for the implementation of the Bhutan Country Strategy including ODA in a wider sense (WGA).

Provision of rapid-feedback on the status of implementation and actionable recommendations for improvement/refinement for the remaining period of the Bhutan Country Strategy, and building the foundation for decision making on key elements of the new country strategy.

Identification of good practices and innovative approaches in the relevant sectors/areas to support the priorities of the country.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Being a formative, improvement-oriented evaluation, the primary audience will be relevant actors and decision makers in the ADC (including the Coordination Office in Bhutan and relevant Units/Country Desks and senior management within the BMEIA and ADA) and the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB). Additional audiences will include the Reference Group, notably key ministries, development partners and subject matter experts, as well as other Units/Country desks and actors applying the Whole of Government Approach that may draw on these findings and apply learning in other contexts. Key donors and development actors working in Bhutan may also find the report useful in informing future engagement.


Study/desk review of documents

Draft inception report

Data Collection through interviews, focus groups, online survey, field mission

Submission of a final evaluation report


The current Bhutan Country Strategy of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) 2015-2018 (approved on 31/07/2015) is the result of a consultative process based on Bhutan’s development priorities and Austria’s development policies. It contributes to Bhutan’s 11th Five Year Plan (11th FYP, July 2013 - June 2018), aimed at achieving self-reliance, inclusive and green economic development, and graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category by 2020, and coincides with the Three-Year Programme of the ADC 2016-2018. The Country Strategy takes into consideration the achievements of Bhutan on her way to development and targets at a strategic partnership between the two countries in the long term. The Austrian-Bhutanese cooperation 2015-2018 focusses on three sectors: energy, tourism and governance.

project number 2817-00/2017
source of funding OEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
tied 74.924,00
modality Other technical assistance
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.