Evaluation of development programmes

Italy - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Evaluation Unit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC)

Directorate General for Development Co-operation (DGDC)

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Organisation Background


In 2014, the new law on General Rules Governing International Development Co-operation came into force, aiming at systematically updating the Italian development co-operation system and effectively establishing a new management structure. This includes the creation of the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.


Italy’s Evaluation Unit, Office IX for Evaluation and Visibility, is situated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation (MFAIC) under the Directorate General for Development Co-operation (DGDC). The Evaluation Unit was established to conduct evaluations, develop strategic orientations for evaluation work and to ensure the quality of evaluations.


The DGDC is reviewing its strategic criteria for identifying evaluation needs and priorities in light of new programming requirements. Building on this work, the Directorate is planning to elaborate an overall evaluation model for the work of the Evaluation Unit.


The Evaluation Unit is located within the DGDC and is supervised by the Head of the Evaluation Unit, who participates in senior management meetings. The Unit is supported by the Evaluation Advisory Board, appointed by the Director-General of Italian co-operation. The Board functions as an external advisory committee, providing strategic advice to the Evaluation Unit.

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