Project Profile

Evaluation of Multi-Annual Programme Scheme, Phase II

Client // Irish Aid
Country // Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda
Date // 2010-2012

IOD PARC undertook an independent, evidence based assessment of how Christian Aid, Concern, GOAL and Trócaire have contributed to reducing poverty and vulnerability as a result of over €300m funding provided through the Irish Aid grants of the Multi-Annual Programme Scheme (MAPS-II), 2007-2010.


The evaluation can be found on the Irish aid website.

MAPS was established in 2003 by Development Cooperation Ireland (now Irish Aid) to provide long-term, predictable and significant funding for five civil society partner agencies: Christian Aid Ireland, Concern, GOAL, Self Help Development International (now Self Help Africa) and Trócaire. The support provided through MAPS is not tied to individual projects or specific interventions. Rather, MAPS funding is used to support each Partner’s broader strategic and programmatic approach to providing development assistance. Irish Aid also supports civil society organisations through other funding schemes but MAPS is, in monetary terms at least, the main mechanism for such support, accounting for over 50% of Irish Aid’s total civil society budget, and totalling allocations of €302.9 million for the period 2007-2011. Following the first phase of MAPS (2003-2005) during which a total of €115 million was provided to the five partners the programme design and approach was refined with the current phase – MAPS II – which concluded in 2011. 

IOD PARC’s independent evaluation provides an overall assessment of the MAPS II programme, looking in particular at how MAPS II has contributed to reducing poverty and vulnerability. This Synthesis Report  is based upon a set of detailed studies that assessed four out of the five MAPS Partner Agencies, namely Christian Aid Ireland, Concern, GOAL and Trócaire.  The studies included desk based reviews, interviews with staff from the non -governmental organisations and some of their in-country partners and staff from Irish Aid as well as three field visits to Uganda, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.