Real-time evaluation of Norway's international climate and forest initiative. Literature review and programme theory.

Real-time evaluation of Norway's international climate and forest initiative. Literature review and programme theory.

The report presents findings of a baseline for a new wave of real time evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). Two separate but closely connected studies have been conducted following an extensive literature review, workshops, and interviews.

Study A reviews and summarizes research relevant to REDD+ and identifies the gaps where additional research and evaluation is needed.

Study B considers the program theories behind NICFI and REDD+ and assesses the extent to which the current intervention theories and design of NICFI show the conditions necessary to achieve its objectives. The study draws on the findings from study A and includes an assessment of the degree to which the program/intervention theory or theories are based on available research based knowledge.

The two studies conducted in parallel, identify ways in which NICFI can improve and capitalize on emerging best practices and knowledge.

The Norwegian government launched its International Climate and Forest Initiative in December 2007, pledging up to NOK 3 billion annually to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). 

The Evaluation Department at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has commissioned real-time evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) from consultants and experts. Comprising evaluations and studies on specific topics and themes, the objective is to provide timely information and rapid learning opportunities for programing and management of NICFI.

Phase 1 of the real time evaluation was conducted during 2010- 2013. Phase 2 of the real time evaluation started in 2015. This report is the first publication within the second phase of the evaluation.

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