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Evaluation Union to Union

FCG Sweden was comissioned by the Sida to conduct an evaluation of Union to Union, the Swedish trade union movement’s organisation for development cooperation. 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 was divided into two parts, a mapping study and an evaluation 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 comprised a description of all Union to Union’s projects in 2017, classifying 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 Global Union Federations' (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 comprised an assessment of Union to Union's activities in relation to three of the OECD/DAC evalaution criteria: effectiveness, efficiency and relevance.

The assignment was conduted during the autumn of 2017 and the findings, conclusions and recommendations were presented to Sida in early 2018.

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