Quality and Transparency of Development Projects
Measures and Results
The DevTracker data provides for comprehensive, transparent and verifiable reporting to the general public and to policy makers in Germany and Afghanistan. One of the objectives of public relations work in Afghanistan is to reach political multipliers from the media and civil society who can inform the Afghan people about the successes and concerns of German cooperation with Afghanistan. One thousand four hundred Afghan journalists have participated in press events since 2013.
To make the measures and results of cooperation directly accessible to an interested public, many projects are presented on the website germancooperation-afghanistan.de. The website is available in Dari, Pashto, English and German and is regularly updated. The latest results of German cooperation with Afghanistan are also communicated through the Facebook channel ‘German Cooperation with Afghanistan’.
Improving skills in the Ministry of Economy
The project is supporting the Ministry of Economy in carrying out professional training in monitoring, evaluation, data analysis and software usage. The employees of the Ministry are learning how to collect and evaluate project-related data without having to rely on the support of international experts in the future. One focus is on results-based monitoring (RBM), which is based on common World Bank formats. RBM enables systematic and continuous monitoring and recording of progress in development policy projects.
Around 350 government employees have participated in training since 2013 and are able to develop monitoring and evaluation systems themselves, and use them at national and provincial level. An RBM database for all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces has been introduced. It contains data on budgets, location and implementation progress of national development projects. The creation of this reliable database will help decision makers in the Afghan government at national and provincial level to assess, plan, manage and justify projects more effectively in the future.
All measures at the Afghan Ministry of Economy are intended to support a cooperative partnership. Joint decisions are made at regular steering meetings. A steering committee decides on the course of cooperation. It also directs and supports the implementation of development projects, and evaluates progress.
This strengthens Afghan self-reliance and promotes an interest in ensuring the sustainability of the results of joint activities.