Results & Evaluations

The Year in Review 2020 

The number 2020 had a hopeful ring to it. We were entering a new decade. Unfortunately, however, 2020 turned out to be one of the most dramatic years many of us have ever experienced. It began with severe bush fires in Australia. Then came the outbreak of an ‘unknown, novel corona virus’ that turned into a pandemic.

The year included the killing of George Floyd, followed by global anti-racism protests and ended with the final voting out of President Donald Trump. In between, there were tensions between the US and Iran. The UK left the EU. Moreover, there was the biggest issue of all: the continuing climate crisis. Despite all of us not travelling anymore, global emissions only dropped by 7%.

Indeed, 2020 was a shocking year.

Covid-19 is a disease that dramatically has changed the way we have lived our lives the past year. As it swept, and still sweeps, through the world killing millions, it has also had dramatic effects on our economies. The pandemic has eradicated years of work against poverty, and the world is more unequal than ever.

Check out the webinars that we have and are hosting on poverty and inequality 2020-21

“The virus does not discriminate” is a sentence that we have heard at times this year. This is certainly not true. The virus has harder hit marginalised groups.Early on, it was clear that the crisis, that we are still in the midst of, is a resilience test for societies and for governments. It is also a harsh reminder of the importance of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

RWI during 2020

During the past year, we have sought to address various human rights concerns undertaking a number of activities. We have also worked to support our partners around the world in dealing with challenges that have accelerated in the wake of the corona crisis.

In this edition of the Year in Review, you will get a glimpse of some of the Covid-19 related key activities in research, education, and international programming that we carried out during 2020.

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Year in Review 2020


We use evaluations to support organisational learning and development, accountability and effective management. All programmes and projects of the Institute are, unless explicitly agreed, designed with a view to future evaluations. Evaluation at the Institute is guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, utility, quality, and transparency.

All evaluations, whether commissioned by the Institute or externally, result in an Institute management response. Evaluation reports, together with the Institute’s management response, are, as a rule, made public and published on the Institute’s website, unless such publication could jeopardise confidentiality, violate legal obligations, or lead to unacceptable risk or repercussions to staff, partners or activities.

Below, recent evaluations are listed with a link to more information about the evaluation in question as well as the full text-versions of the respective evaluation report and corresponding Institute management response.

For information on older evaluations, please contact the respective staff member of the Institute responsible for the area of the activity concerned.

Evaluation of RWI’s Turkey Programme 2017-2020

Mid-term Review of Regional Asia Programme 2017-2021

Evaluation of Programme Work Methods (2017)

Strengthening Human Rights in Myanmar during the time period 2013-2014

Evaluation of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s 2015-2019 Kenya Programme

Annual Reports


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