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Evaluation of DG ECHO’s humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis between 2012 and 2014
April 2015-June 2016

Groupe URD has been part of a consortium, led by ADE, which evaluated DG ECHO’s response to the Syrian crisis between 2012 and 2014. The process included a number of field visits to Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as meetings and interviews at DG ECHO headquarters in Brussels.

Groupe URD took part in the evaluation of DG ECHO’s response to the Syrian crisis from 2012 to 2014 in partnership with Analysis for Economic Decisions (ADE) and the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH).

This evaluation provided an overall independent assessment of the ECHO response to the Syrian crisis in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey for the period 2012-2014. It covered ECHO-funded operations in these five countries. It has been geared to a wide range of stakeholders, including ECHO Headquarters (HQ) and country level staff, national and regional stakeholders, participating implementing partners, and other humanitarian and development donors and agencies. It had both a retrospective and prospective dimension, aiming at assessing past support, but also at providing recommendations with a view to improving the performance of ECHO operations in the future.

The objective was to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of DG ECHO’s response to this major crisis from different angles:

  • Retrospectively, in order to account for the significant funds invested;
  • In real time, in order to provide organisations currently working in these countries, where the crisis is still taking place, with up to date analysis;
  • Looking ahead, to make concrete recommendations to improve the results of the programmes funded by ECHO in the region.