The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an evaluation of its country programme in Tonga. The purpose of the evaluation is to deliver an evidence base that can guide decisions regarding improvements to be made to the Tonga Programme, identify lessons to apply to ongoing and future work in Tonga, contribute to informing the future strategic direction, and assess the achievements of the Tonga Programme.
The evaluation was guided by four evaluation questions. Two of these questions focused on the past, i.e. on the performance of the New Zealand aid programme from 2011 to the present; and two focused on the future, i.e. what the Tonga country programme should look like over the medium term.
Evaluation Question 1 is:
To what extent has New Zealand’s aid delivery in Tonga over the period 2011-16 been of a high quality?
Evaluation Question 2 is:
To what extent has New Zealand’s development cooperation in Tonga over the period 2011-16 been effective, and how sustainable are the results of this cooperation?
Evaluation Question 3 is:
How can New Zealand’s overall objective of maximising the impact of engagement to improve the prosperity, stability and resilience of Tonga and its people best be met?
Evaluation Question 4 is:
How can New Zealand’s aid programme foster sustainable economic development in Tonga?