Quality and Transparency of Development Projects

Since 2009, the federal government has invested more than 3.8 billion euros in German cooperation with Afghanistan. This civil involvement is accompanied by critical public debate in both countries. The question often arises as to whether the funds are being used successfully and the desired objectives achieved.

Situation

The results of German cooperation with Afghanistan are often not well known to the public and to decision makers in Germany and Afghanistan.
 
Effective development work needs a solid foundation of information as well as the support of the population. To this end, data on the results of development policy measures must be continually collected and processed. In the interests of transparent reporting, the public must also be informed of the results and achievements. The same is true of national development projects run by the Afghan partners. Until now, the Afghan Ministry of Economic Affairs has not reported sufficiently about its own development projects on the basis of reliable data. There is still a great need for sector and methodological expertise in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and data analysis.

Objective

The measures and results of German cooperation with Afghanistan are recorded and processed. The Afghan public and political disseminators and decision-makers in Afghanistan and Germany are informed on the basis of sound, gender-specific data. The Afghan Ministry of Economy is able to independently document, assess and report on national development projects through a monitoring and evaluation system.

Measures and Results

The work of the project focuses on three fields of activity:
 

Measuring results

The measures and results of German cooperation with Afghanistan are recorded in a database. The German Development Tracker for Afghanistan (DevTracker) has collected data on over 720 projects and more than 23,000 outputs since 2009. The entries are broken down into more than 50 categories, such as infrastructure, financial services and training. They are a valuable aid in informing the public, measuring results and evaluating individual projects and the overall commitment of German development cooperation to Afghanistan.
 

Transparent reporting

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.

At a glance

Programme:
Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication (MEC)
Commissioned by:
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Partner:
Afghan Ministry of Economy (MoEc), Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF)
Implementing organisations:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Provinces:
Nationwide
Programme objective:
To collect and process data on measures and results of German cooperation with Afghanistan. The general public and decision-makers are kept informed transparently. The monitoring and evaluation skills of the Afghan Ministry of Economy are improved
Overall term:
May 2013 – November 2022