The Programme Grant II (PGII, 2017-2021) and Humanitarian Programme Plan (HPP, 2019-2021) are the Irish Aid’s multi-annual funding mechanisms for civil society organisations (CSOs) working in development and humanitarian contexts.
IOD PARC conducted an evaluation of the mechanisms, with a focus on five key evaluation questions:
The evaluation team adopted an iterative mixed methods approach, employing a range of qualitative and quantitative methods across a sample of nine countries to enable ongoing analysis, triangulation and validation of findings. Over and above a target sample of five CSOs, the evaluation engaged stakeholders from all CSOs in receipt of PGII and HPP funding, as well as three CSOs receiving funds from other DFA grant mechanisms.
The findings from the evaluation will feed into the design of a new funding round planned for 2023. The evaluation included an assessment of the challenges and opportunities for the possible integration of the PGII and HPP mechanisms.