German Aid From a Partner Perspective

This study provides new evidence suggesting that Germany can more effectively shape the reform priorities of decision makers in its counterpart countries when it is a “leading donor.” German aid agencies should therefore consider whether and how they can focus their aid resources across fewer many partners, sectors and projects.

Jörg Faust, the Director of DEval

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Groundbreaking study on perceptions of German aid

Evaluating from the perspective of those receiving German advice and assistance.

Oct. 11, 2016 — Williamsburg, VA — DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation, and AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released a groundbreaking study that evaluates the policy influence and performance of German aid agencies from the perspective of those receiving their advice and assistance.

This study is the first to analyze Germany’s official development assistance activities based on the experiences, observations, and opinions of decision-makers in the countries that German aid agencies seek to help.

In a survey that AidData fielded in the summer of 2014, more than 1200 governmental and nongovernmental counterparts from 110 low- and middle-income countries reported on their firsthand experiences with and perceptions of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German Development Bank (KfW), and Germany’s network of embassies around the world.

The results from this survey are analyzed in German Aid From a Partner Perspective: Experience-Based Perceptions from AidData’s 2014 Reform Efforts Survey, revealing new insights about the comparative strengths and weaknesses of Germany’s international development cooperation program. The study also identifies specific factors that enable and constrain German aid agencies in their efforts to spur and sustain reform efforts in partner countries.

Figure 1. Value-for-money index for major multilateral and bilateral donors

Distance (in Standard Deviations) from the Predicted Level of Agenda-Setting Influence

Adapted from Figure 8: The Value for Money Index for Major Multilateral and Bilateral Donors, found on page 26 of the report.