Evaluation of development assistance

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Evaluation of development assistance focuses on accountability in aid spending and learning with the object of developing and improving the assistance.

Europe is one of the largest providers of development assistance in the world. Evaluation of development assistance helps to ensure that the assistance meets the policies and conditions of the recipient countries as well as the donor countries.

Understanding of society and culture
COWI conducts evaluations related to aid programmes for national donors (such as the Danish International Development Agency), international organisations (e.g. the World Bank, UN or EU) or relief organisations such as the Red Cross.

The common denominator of evaluation of development assistance is that it generally takes place in a third-world country, which implies logistic challenges as well as necessary focus on diverse cultural and societal systems.

Local presence
COWI has extensive experience in evaluation of development assistance in African, South American and Asian countries. For this reason, our local insight and presence are key factors when it comes to conducting reviews.

Additionally, we sustain language competences which are often imperative for delivering good evaluations in e.g. French-speaking West Africa.

International methods
We use a number of internationally acknowledged methodologies for evaluating development assistance, e.g. cost-benefit analysis, logical frameworks etc. The choice of methodology and data collection depends on the nature of the evaluation and the needs and wants of the customer.

LAST UPDATED: 27.01.2017