German Institute for Development Evaluation

Institutional Evaluation of Engagement Global (concluded)


Engagement Global was founded in 2012 by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development as a non-profit limited organisation to support responsible citizen action and engagement, also on the communal level, in the field of development policies. Towards this end, different programmes were concentrated under one organizational roof some of which already existed whereas others were created after the foundation of Engagement Global. Following a proposal from BMZ as well as from VENRO, the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany, to conduct an institutional evaluation five years after the foundation, this evaluation became part of Deval’s evaluation programme 2017-2019.


The evaluation primarily has a formative focus thus being oriented to enhance joint learning in order to improve structures and processes within Engagement Global. Its utmost purpose therefore is to contribute to the institutional development of Engagement Global. In concrete terms, the evaluation deals with four major thematic areas:

A) Benefits and services for target groups being addressed by Engagement Global;

B) Institutional set up and performance of Engagement Global

C) Role of Engagement Global in the field of action ‘Engagement of citizens, civil society and communes in development policies‘

D) Structures and processes of governance being relevant for Engagement Global

Methodological approach and evaluation process

Appraising the multitude of perspectives of central stakeholders is to be seen as one of the cornerstones of this evaluation. Individual or group interviews, focus group discussion, workshop and standardised surveys are therefore used in order to understand the perceptions and points of view of internal (managerial staff and collaborators) as well as external stakeholders of Engagement Global (from BMZ, civil society, the so called ‘Länder’, communes and the private sector. Furthermore, selected programmes of Engagement Global will be further analysed in the context of so called ‘programme case studies’. Engagement Global will also get the opportunity to formulate its self-perceptions with regard to selected questions from the four major thematic areas.

The evaluation will lead to conclusions and recommendations addressed to Engagement Global as well as to external stakeholders, especially the BMZ.