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Evaluation of WHO-DFID Partnership

Itad was contracted by DFID to undertake the evaluation of WHO-DFID partnership. The evaluation assessed the causal linkages between DFID and the WHO.


The evaluation assessed the causal linkages that lie at the base of the relationship between DFID and the WHO (World Health Organisation) – ranging from DFID’s activities in support of the partnership, to the indirect contribution of the partnership to the achievement of the MDGs. Work included interviews with stakeholders in Geneva and London, visits to Ghana, Zambia and Viet Nam, plus an email survey of DFID and WHO country-based staff.

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) works in partnership with a number of multilateral organisations, as formally embodied in its series of Institutional Strategy Papers (ISPs). This includes the World Health Organisation (WHO), which DFID sees as a key development partner for achieving the White Paper objectives and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – especially those related to health and poverty. As part of the Evaluation Department’s work on “Partnerships and Influencing”, the evaluation of the DFID-WHO partnership is the first case study.

Image © Vietnamese highland women taking a break, 2010. Photo Credit: Kirsty Mason/DFID (shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license)
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