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Impact Evaluation Dutch Food Security Policy: Country Study Bangladesh

As part of the Review of the Dutch Food Security policy 2012-2016, Aidenvironment has been responsible for conducting the country study in Bangladesh (as one of the four country studies). The study was conducted in collaboration with APE research & consultancy, BRAC University / Development Research Initiative (DRI) and UNESCO-IHE. The overarching research question for the impact evaluation study of the food security programme in Bangladesh is: what has been the contribution of the Dutch food security programme to the food security situation in Bangladesh? The scope of the impact study was the food security project portfolio of the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh, with a focus on two main food security and water management projects, being Safal and Blue Gold.

The Bangladesh impact evaluation study consisted of a baseline study (in 2014) and an endline study (in 2016). The study adopted a mixed methods approach, which included detailed household surveys (1,600 in total), generating insights based on statistical analyses, supported by insights from focus group discussions and key informant interviews. Aidenvironment believes this country study is a good example of an effective mixed methods approach, whereby insights from surveys and qualitative assessments were combined to generate useful insights on effectiveness and impact. The policy study has now been approved by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The detailed Bangladesh study, including the annexes on the baseline study, endline study and impact study, is now available on the IOB website.

Click here to see the full Bangladesh study. 

For more information, please contact Jan Joost Kessler.