Evaluation Network member - Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Kasumigaseki 2-2-1
Tokyo 100-8919

Tel: + 81 (0) 3 580 3311
Website: Evaluation Unit

Department background

In order to ensure efficient evaluation of ODA, MOFA and the implementing agency (JICA) place importance on mutual co-operation and the division of roles. Since MOFA is responsible for the planning and development of economic co-operation policies, it focuses its evaluation on policies and programmes rather than individual projects. The objectives of ODA evaluation are to support ODA management and ensure accountability. In order to meet these requirements, MOFA mainly conducts evaluations of ODA policy and programmes. Results are fed back to ODA policymakers and implementation agencies (both in Japan and in the partner countries). Also, to ensure accountability, the ODA evaluation results are made available to the public through the MOFA website.

The ODA Evaluation Division was separated from the International Cooperation Bureau and transferred to a higher body, Minister’s Secretariat, in 2011 in order to reinforth its independency from the functions of planning and implementing ODA. The Head of ODA Evaluation Division reports to the Director-General of the International Co-operation Bureau. The ODA Evaluation Division takes charge of ODA evaluation affairs, such as the implementation of ODA evaluation, the feedback of ODA evaluation results, the making public of ODA evaluation results, and so on.



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.

Japan's Evaluation profile     


 Japan's reports on DEReC





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