Evaluation Network member - Belgium


Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministère Belge des Affaires Etrangères


Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs
Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Belgium (DGCD)
Rue des Petits Carmes, 15
B-1000 Brussels


Tel.: + 32 02 501 81 11

Belgian Development Cooperation,
Evaluation Unit

Department background


The Special Evaluation Office (SEO) of International Co-operation is part of the Federal Public Service (Ministry) of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation.  It sits under the administrative - not the hierarchical - authority of the President of the Management Committee (Secretary General).


The Special Evaluation Office is mandated to evaluate all activities of the Belgian Federal Government that are recognised as ODA by the DAC.  It applies the DAC Evaluation Principles as well as the norms and Quality Standards for evaluation.  Its main evaluation criteria are the DAC-criteria and the Paris Declaration principles.


The Office draws conclusions from evaluations and formulates operational recommendations to improve and adapt the development co-operation policy.  The Office also makes use of evaluation results to annually report to the Belgian parliament and the public about Belgian development policies and the use of funds.  It participates in international joint evaluations and in initiatives to support evaluation capacity in partner countries.



The publication "Better Aid: Evaluation in Development Agencies" provides individual evaluation profiles for each member of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation.

Each profile provides information on the core elements of the evaluation function set-up and management, including the mandate of the unit, mechanisms to protect independence and ensure quality, reporting lines and distribution of evaluation reports.


 Latest Belgium reports available on DEReC





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