German Institute for Development Evaluation

Review of Evaluative Work of German Development Cooperation with Afghanistan (concluded)

Afghanistan is the main recipient country of bilateral funds allocated through the BMZ. This unique position demands continual analysis of the effectiveness of the allocations provided. In this context, the DEval Advisory Board requested the Institute to provide a review of the types, scope, quality, and usefulness of evaluations and evaluative studies conducted under the aegis of the BMZ and, using this information, also present recommendations for the further design of the evaluation programme.

Objectives of the review

In terms of specific objectives, the review was aimed at providing evidence on the following aspects:

1. Types and scope of evaluative studies on the BMZ portfolio in Afghanistan

2. Quality of the evaluative studies with respect to their information value on the effectiveness of development cooperation under the aegis of the BMZ

3. Use of the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluative studies for planning and strategic decision-making

4. Evaluation efforts of other state and international actors in development cooperation with Afghanistan

5. Future design of the evaluation programme of German development cooperation with Afghanistan

Subject of the review

The review includes reviews and assessments both of evaluative studies at project and programme level and of evaluation work with a strategic focus. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, German Society for International Cooperation) GmbH and the KfW Entwicklungsbank (Development Bank) have since 2002 carried out 139 projects and programmes in Afghanistan or financed them with federal funds. At the time of the examination 37 project and programme reviews were ongoing in this context, from which a sample of 11 evaluative studies was selected and assessed according to previously established criteria. At strategic level two studies commissioned by BMZ were included in the analysis: a longitudinal impact assessment of development cooperation carried out in North East Afghanistan since 2007 and a strategic portfolio review. Both studies served the BMZ as an empirical basis for the conception of the new Afghanistan country strategy 2014-2017.