Evaluation of development programmes

Japan JICA - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Evaluation Department

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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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.


JICA implements ODA projects, of which all are subject to evaluations. The legal basis of JICA’s evaluations is the Act on the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Independent Administrative Agency, which provides the Evaluation Department with the mandate to execute ancillary tasks of the implementation of Japanese development co-operation. The Evaluation Department is mainly responsible for the planning and co-ordination of project evaluations, the development of evaluation methodologies, and management and implementation of evaluations. The evaluation scope, process, and setup are described in the JICA Guidelines for Operations Evaluation.


The Evaluation Department is one of the headquarter divisions in JICA. The Head of the Evaluation Department reports directly to the Management Board of JICA. JICA established the Advisory Committee on Evaluation in 2010 to enhance the quality of evaluations and strengthen feedback of evaluation results. It meets twice a year and advises on further improvement of JICA’s operations evaluations. The Chair of the Committee is an independent external expert who is supported by professionals appointed by the President of JICA. The evaluation work plan covers up to one year and is first drafted by the Evaluation Department and approved by the Management Board. The results of evaluations are reported by the Evaluation Department to the Management Board.

                     Japan's Evaluation Profile

Japan's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)