DEval focuses its evaluations on certain priority topic areas. In this way, the institute endeavours to generate insights from across different evaluations in areas that are of particular relevance to German development cooperation. The focus topics are defined for periods of two to three years and conclude with a focus report.
The private sector is becoming increasingly involved in official development cooperation. However, this trend is somewhat controversial. Critics fear that it primarily benefits corporate interests and pushes development policy goals into the background.
German development cooperation is increasingly taking place in fragile contexts, as more than half of its partner countries are now affected by violence, conflicts and a lack of state authority/legitimacy. As a result of these particular challenges, specific strategies are needed in order to implement development policy measures effectively and sustainably.
German development cooperation has many tools at its disposal, including development loans, promotional loans, subsidies, training seminars and the deployment of experts. Tailored diversity or wasteful fragmentation?
With the 2030 Agenda, sustainability became the guiding principle for human development. The Agenda also provides the central framework for German development cooperation. All interventions and activities should be designed to promote sustainable development in the partner countries in keeping with the 2030 Agenda.
Owing to their geographical location, developing countries are particularly seriously affected by the impacts of climate change: droughts, floods and hurricanes occur with ever increasing frequency and destroy the human life-support base. There is a lack of financial resources to fund adaptation to changing climate conditions. German development cooperation supports countries in strengthening their resilience to the impacts of climate change.