Evaluating Dutch relief efforts

An external evaluation of the Dutch Relief Alliance model been undertaken to assess its relevance and effectiveness in the humanitarian arena.

HPG DRA Evaluation Report final July 2016

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was set up in 2015 to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance and respond to major international crises in a timely, relevant, effective and efficient manner. The creation of both the DRA and the Dutch Relief Fund (DRF) was initiated by the Dutch Government to help progress the country’s humanitarian policy.

Recent years have seen the question of the effectiveness of humanitarian aid become more prominent in the international political arena. The DRA was established in part to address these concerns. To measure its progress against this agenda, a Mid-Term Evaluation of the DRA was conducted in Q2 2016 by the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

The evaluation found that the DRA is a proven, efficient and effective mechanism for the delivery of high quality humanitarian aid and meets the international commitments set out in the Grand Bargain package of reforms to humanitarian funding.

The evaluation did identify some areas for improvement but stated in its conclusion that “The DRA is a highly relevant, innovative and effective instrument, which should be further nurtured and supported. The case for continued predictable support and investment is compelling.”

Further implementation of the recommendations from this mid-term evaluation have been incorporated in the vision for the DRA 2018-2021.

The complete report of the Mid-Term Evaluation can be downloaded on the link above.