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Evaluation of development programmes

Japan MOFA - DAC Evaluation Network Member

 

ODA evaluation Division

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

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Organisation Background

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are responsible for development co-operation in Japan. Each organisation has a division or department that is responsible for evaluation activities although there are interlinkages between them.

 

The ODA Evaluation Division conducts and administers evaluations for development co-operation activities provided by MOFA based on the Order for Organization of MOFA. The Development Cooperation Charter which was approved by the Cabinet in February 2015 emphasises the importance of evaluation to implement effective and efficient ODA, stating: “In the light of the importance of evaluation not only for improving effectiveness and efficiency but for accountability to the public, Japan will conduct evaluations at the policy and programme/project levels and feed the results back to the decision-making and programme/project implementation processes”.

 

The ODA Evaluation Division prepares an annual ODA evaluation plan together with the operational units and this plan is subsequently approved by the Deputy Vice-Minister of the Minister’s Secretariat. The plan is reported to the Development Project Accountability Committee held by the International Cooperation Bureau of MOFA. The Committee was established in 2011 and plays a central role as the feedback mechanism in Japan to discuss new ODA projects. The Committee consists of external experts from NGOs, the private sector, academia and the press.

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Japan's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)