Strategische Evaluierung des OEZA/ADA Engagements zu Good Governance

Contract partner: Syspons GmbHCountry: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 132.566,00Project start: 16.02.2019End: 29.02.2020

Short Description:

Overall goal

The purpose of this strategic evaluation of ADA’s engagement on Good Governance (2007-2017) is threefold:

(1) To sharpen and focus ADC’s strategic and operational approach to GG and its alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ;

(2) to identify enabling and hindering factors for ADC’s GG engagement and provide evidence for institutional learning at the strategic level;

(3) to inform a review/update of existing ADC GG policy documents and tools, in particular, the Policy Document on GG , ADA’s Handbook on GG and its Social Standards Assessment (SSA) ;

The evaluation will be forward looking and formative, learning and improvement-oriented. It will also inform decision-making with regards to the future the future positioning of the GG portfolio in strategic and operational ADC engagement.


Expected results

- Evidence is generated that allows to assess the relevance, effectiveness/impact and efficiency of the different ADC’s strategic and operational approaches pursued to promote Good Governance

- Lessons learned and good practice from ADA’s experience on Good Governance to date are identified

- Collective and individual learning through the evaluation process


Target group / Beneficiaries

The main target group of this evaluation is ADC/BMEIA Senior management, ADA program management at HQ and in the field and ADA implementing partners on GG.

The evaluation covers and targets all ADC/ADA GG engagement; particular countries will be selected only - during the inception Phase - within the framework of the two cases studies.


Desk Research/document review

Kick-off and Inception Phase

Data Collection and Interview Phase

Data Analysis and report drafting and finalization

Presentation of Draft Report


ADC engagement and support to promoting Good Governance (GG) predates the establishment of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), in 2004. This strategic evaluation is the first evaluation of ADA’s GG portfolio.

The period covered by the evaluation spans from 2007 - the year after ADC’s Policy Document on Good Governance was adopted - to 2017, the last year for which yearly data are available. The evaluation will cover completed and ongoing, but not planned activities on Good Governance.

In its assessment of efficiency and effectiveness/impact, the evaluation will focus on Good Governance as a core area of Intervention and within this on the core of Good Governance, excluding certain sub-areas, notably as security management and reform, civilian peace building, conflict prevention and resolution, participation in international peacekeeping operations, reintegration and SALW control, child soldiers and general budget support-related aid.

The evaluation’s thematic and country focus should be guided by available evaluative evidence on the performance of Good Governance.

In parallel to the strategic evaluation of ADC’s Good Governance engagement also a meta-evaluation of ADA’s programme/project evaluations and an evaluation of the Environmental and Social Impact Management (ESIM) at ADA are taking place. Any relevant findings coming out from these two evaluations and from other ADA strategic or project/program evaluations relevant to GG will inform this GG evaluation.

This evaluation will focus on the assessment of the criteria relevance, effectiveness/impact and efficiency. The evaluation will help assess in what circumstances ADA’s work on good governance has been most effective and identify the causal mechanisms for successful engagement and failure.

The Evaluation will be accompanied by a Reference Group and a Peer Review.

project number2817-00/2018
source of fundingOEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
modalityOther technical assistance
marker Gender: 1, 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.