Big challenges, good scores

The Evaluation Report shows that GIZ’s work is successful even in fragile contexts.

The work of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has received good scores. This is outlined in the current evaluation report, which the federal enterprise presented in Berlin today. According to the report, the projects that GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) achieved an average score of 2.3, the same result as in the previous evaluation report in 2020.

For the current report, GIZ analysed 207 project evaluations that were conducted by independent experts before and during the pandemic. Their assessments were based on internationally recognised standards established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Projects related to climate and energy sector and economic development and employment promotion scored highest (2.16 for both areas).

GIZ implemented most of the evaluated projects in fragile states. GIZ Managing Director Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven explained on the occasion of the publication that the general conditions in which GIZ works have become considerably more difficult in recent years, for example due to the rise of armed conflicts and wars, and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she emphasised: ‘The consistently good evaluation results show that our work is effective even under these difficult conditions, and that is a great success for us.’

Harnessing the opportunities of digitalisation

In addition to the project evaluations, GIZ also looked at how it shapes up with regard to digitalisation.  The company now uses digital components, such as apps and e-learning platforms, in more than 500 projects. But to what extent do these components contribute to achieving the objectives of the projects? The evaluation shows that digitalisation is increasing the effectiveness of GIZ’s work, as more people are benefiting from the services it offers. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven explained: ‘Our goal is to fully harness the potential of digitalisation.’

You can find the Evaluation Report here.