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Evaluation of development programmes

France - DAC Evaluation Network Member

 

French Development Agency (AFD)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI)

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Ministry of Economy and Finance

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Organisation Background

 

France’s Development Assistance evaluation system is divided among three main actors:

  • The Evaluation Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), attached to the Directorate General for Globalisation, Culture, Education and International Development (DGM). The Evaluation Unit primarily conducts strategic evaluations of assistance provided through DGM, methodological support to other departments and development of evaluation culture via partnerships.
  • The Evaluation Unit for Development Activities of the Directorate General of the Treasury (DG Treasury), which reports to the head of the Department of Multilateral Affairs and Development. The Evaluation Unit is responsible for conducting and managing evaluations of development activities undertaken by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (French contributions to multilateral organisations, projects and programmes).
  • The Evaluation Unit at the French Development Agency (AFD). AFD is the primary implementing agency and houses the Evaluation and Knowledge Development Unit (EVA). The Evaluation Unit is responsible for: i) defining evaluation methods and the quality assurance process; ii) managing the production of impact analyses of some of the programmes AFD supports; iii) managing thematic or strategic evaluations; and iv) carrying out meta-evaluations and developing a knowledge base on specific topics.

 

All three units have similar protocols for managing, implementing and disseminating evaluations and evaluation results. The three units work together to create a joint and co-ordinated evaluation programme and many evaluations, notably evaluations of crosscutting issues, are managed jointly by the three units. A joint report on development policy and international solidarity, including a synthesis of related evaluation results prepared by the three units, is submitted by Government to Parliament.

                   France's Evaluation Profile


France's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)