Structure and Funding

The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) operates as a non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH), headquartered in Bonn. The sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

DEval's two official governing bodies are the Shareholder Meeting and the Management Board. The Management Board currently consists of a Director and a Deputy Director.

As for DEval's supervisory body, this role is played by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ):

In accordance with the organisation's Articles of Association, DEval also has an Advisory Board to which it regularly reports on the institute's activities, its general developments and future prospects. The Advisory Board advises the institute on mission-related activities, in particular on questions concerning the design of the overall evaluation programme, the planning and implementation of evaluations, including the scientific methods being applied, and the findings and recommendations generated by the evaluations.


The funding needed for the organisation to perform ist institutional purpose is received in the form of institutional grants agreed by the German Bundestag in the course of its annual budget consultation and paid to DEval from the BMZ's departmental budget. These allocations are made on the basis of an annual budget plan drawn up by DEval covering the planning for all activities in its core business fields.

In principle, DEval may also perform work within the framework of its institutional purpose that is funded from third-party sources if such arrangements do not threaten the public-benefit nature of the organisation and do not give rise to any conflicts of interest. This means, in particular, that DEval may not conduct evaluations commissioned by German implementing organisations. In any case, DEval has not yet raised any third-party funding.  

The annual financial statement is examined by an auditor or auditing firm appointed by the Shareholder. The audit not only covers the annual financial statement and annex and the management report, but also includes an examination under Section 53 of the Budgetary Principles Act (§ 53 HGrG). In addition, an audit performed by the BMZ checks on proper and cost-efficient use of institutional grants and conducts due diligence. DEval is also subject to inspections by Germany's Supreme Audit Institution (BRH).

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