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Evaluation Union to Union

FCG Sweden has been engaged by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency  (Sida) to conduct an evaluation of Union to Union, the Swedish trade union movement’s
organization for development cooperation. Union to Union was established in 1977 as the LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Cooperation. It works to support its three members – LO (the Swedish Trade Union Confederation), Saco (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations) and TCO (the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees) – and their affiliates in their co-operation with, and support to, trade union organizations globally. Union to Union’s vision is to contribute to the existence of independent, democratic and gender equal trade union organizations, in all parts of the world, that have the capacity to represent their members and work for democracy, human rights, adherence to international law, a fair distribution of resources and sustainable development. Union to Union is currently one of 15 Swedish civil society organizations with a framework agreement with Sida under the Appropriation item Support via Swedish Civil Society Organizations (CSO allocation). During the period 2014-2017, Sida’s support to Union to Union under the
agreement amounts to SEK 532.4 million.

The assignment is divided into the two parts, a mapping part and an evaluation part with two related purposes:

  • To give Sida better information on which to assess Union to Union’s operations by providing knowledge of the organization’s total project portfolio; and
  • To serve as a basis for Sida’s assessment of Union to Union’s multi-year funding application.

The mapping comprises a description of all Union to Union’s projects ongoing in 2017, classifying or describing them according sector, contribution model, disbursement pattern, agreement partners, and countries in which Sida-supported operations have been implemented and funds accounted for; a description of the intervention logic of about 20 projects and an assessment of their characteristics, distinguishing between bilateral and multilateral projects; and a review of the GUFs’ legal status, the contractual relationships between different GUF levels (global, regional and sub-regional offices) and the contractual relationships between GUFs and their national affiliates and other local unions to which funding is disbursed. The evaluation comprises assessment of Union to Union's activities in relation to three of the OECD/DAC evalaution criteria: effectiveness, efficiency and relevance.

The assignment will present findings in two separate reports, one for the mapping and one for the evaluation.

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