For a long time, budget support was considered to be the best instrument for making development cooperation more effective. It aims to support partner governments in implementing their national development strategies. Combined with non-financial inputs such as policy dialogue and capacity development, and attached to a series of conditions, budget support is intended to contribute to promoting good governance in the partner countries.
In recent years, however, budget support has become subject to increasing criticism, with many people voicing doubts about its effectiveness. Many donors have temporarily or even permanently ceased providing budget support as a result of cases of corruption in the recipient countries. Germany, too, largely terminated its general budget support in 2015.
DEval set itself the goal of investigating the effectiveness and sustainability of the effects of budget support in a bid to make the discussion around budget support more objective.