German Institute for Development Evaluation - a programme for development partnerships with the private sector (concluded)

The global political upheavals of the 1990s, especially the end of the East-West conflict, ushered in a paradigm shift in many fields, including development cooperation. This involved some far-reaching changes in strategies and concepts that paved the way for the private sector to play a growing role in efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth and meet development policy goals. An instrument for integrating the private sector into Germany's development cooperation efforts has been "development partnerships with the private sector", set up in 1999 under the programme. The programme encourages businesses to engage more actively in development cooperation so that their experience and comparative advantages can be leveraged as a contribution to economic and social development in a partner country. Since the programme was launched, more than 1,600 development partnerships have rolled out worldwide, operating in many different sectors of development cooperation.

Purpose and aims of evaluation

Despite its wide scope and high political profile, the programme has so far only been systematically evaluated once, and that was shortly after its launch. Even in the international context there have been very few evaluations or studies specifically of development partnerships with the private sector. DEval's evaluation of the programme is intended to close this gap. The findings of the evaluation will flow into the ongoing policy design of the programme at both the programme and implementation level. Recommendations formulated on the basis of the findings will help not only to improve the programme but also make it more accountable. The evaluation concentrates on the period 2009 to 2015.

Evaluation timetable

The evaluation concept was presented in June 2015. The evaluation design and methodological approach was determined and finalized in October 2015. Based on the reconstructed programme theory of the programme the evaluation focused on analysing relevant mechanisms leading to observed outcomes. The question was posed, to what extent supports the transfer of innovations from Europe to developing and emerging countries and thereby contributes to the social and economic development of these countries. Data collection took place in the period between November 2015 and April 2016 applying a mix of different methods. Twelve Case studies in four countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, India and Uganda) were implemented. Two company surveys were conducted, one explorative at the outset of the evaluation and the other validating at the end of the data collection stage. In addition, expert consultations, document appraisals and an in-depth portfolio analysis have been carried out. In September 2016 evaluation results, conclusions and recommendations were presented to relevant stakeholders in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the implementing agencies. The final evaluation report was published in April 2017.

As at: April 2017