Evaluierung des Menschenrechtsansatzes der OEZA

Contract partner: International Organisation Development (IOD PARC)Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 65.952,00Project start: 22.06.2020End: 28.02.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The purpose of the strategic evaluation of ADC’s Human Rights Based Approach is twofold:

(1) to obtain evidence about the timeliness and adequacy of ADC’s human rights-based approach and in doing so, to identify ways to further develop its application;

(2) to identify needs for further guidance and consequently, to either inform a review of existing conceptual documents or the development of alternative guiding documents aimed at advancing ADC’s HRBA


Expected results

The strategic evaluation is expected to attain the following results:

1. Characteristics of ADC’s human rights-based approach are assessed as well as its different facets, its relevance and coherence in ADC’s strategic approaches, in the manner situations are analytically screened and in ADC’s programming and implementation;

2. Understanding and viewpoints around HRBA within ADC and its implementing partners and how it is integrated into thematic approaches are assessed;

3. Good practice, lessons learnt and potential areas for improvement from ADC’s experience with implementing the HRBA to date are identified.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The primary users of the evaluation will be ADA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) thematic experts (around 10 People), project/programme and evaluation staff (around 15 People), as well as senior management at HQ and in the field.


The evaluation will be divided into three phases with specific deliverables. Their timely delivery is the responsibility of the evaluation team. The main deliveries are:

- Attendance of Kick off meeting

- Inception Report and presentation of report

- Presentation of Preliminary findings

- Draft report

- Presentation of final draft

- Final report


Human rights have informed the work of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and its operational unit, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), since the 1990ies. In keeping up with the developments of increasing conversion of human rights and development cooperation ADC has assumed a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to development, which is defined as: “a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights. It seeks to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of development problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede development progress.” The HRBA has been regarded as the “strongest articulation of donor and partner commitment to human rights in development” . In ADC’s current Three-Year Programme 2019-2021, a human rights-based approach is set out as one of the guiding principles underpinning all programmes, projects and policy dialogue .

ADCs human rights-based approach has been specified in two key documents; the ADC policy document on human rights (2006) and ADA’s Human Rights Manual (2010). Since introduction of the ADC policy document on human rights (2006) and the ADA Human Rights Manual (2010), ADC’s human rights-based approach has not been evaluated.

project number2817-00/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityOther technical assistance
marker Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.