Evaluation of cacao projects in Colombia: The case of the rural Productive Partnerships Project (PAAP)

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Identifying the effectiveness of agricultural interventions is a challenge faced by many international aid initiatives. This article reports on our efforts to document the success of agricultural aid interventions. The study is focused on evaluating cacao projects in Colombia, specifically on assessing the success of the rural Productive Partnerships Project (PAAP). The two approaches used to assess the project's success included the degree of accomplishment of four of the PAAP project's objectives and a measurement of the project performance at the local level, for which an existing performance index was utilized. Quantitative data were obtained from the project's evaluation platform developed by the PAAP project coordinators. Based on our first evaluation approach, we found that the four project objectives evaluated were not fully accomplished. While our results using the performance index provide baseline data for upcoming work assessing cacao projects' performance, the absence of precedent information constrained its interpretation. Finally, the paper offers feasible, affordable, and practical recommendations that could benefit future program planning and evaluation of international aid interventions, particularly on cacao projects worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102230
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Apr 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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