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Evaluation report 2019/20

Overview 2019/20

Which were the most important findings from evaluations in 2019/2020, and what are the most important lessons learned?

4 questions for Christiane Laibach

Christiane Laibach, Executive Director for KfW Development Bank, tells about her first experience with the evaluation report, the digital format and the important role of evaluations for KfW Development Bank.

Media source: KfW Group/ Thomas Schuch and Alexander Luthe


An interview about evaluation work with Jochen Kluve

In this interview, Professor Jochen Kluve talks about collaboration in the development bank and the importance of RIEs. He also gives an outlook on what evaluation work will look like in the future.

Rigorous impact evaluations – more than just art for art’s sake

Researchers have used rigorous impact evaluations (RIE) as an important tool for impact assessment for nearly 20 years. Rigorous evaluation approaches are also gaining ground in international organisations and development banks. But what are they exactly?


Impact 2.0 – improving measurement

Generating positive impacts and improving living conditions as a result is the most important objective of development cooperation yet also one of its biggest challenges.

Forest development in Vietnam

The projects involved the reforestation and sustainable management of state-owned areas of forest containing local species used for long-term timber trees. The goal was to restore ecologically degraded areas, including their key ecological role, while also improving living conditions of the local population.

Power transmission and rural electrification in Cambodia

The construction of power lines and rural electrification

were part of reconstruction processes in Cambodia after

the first democratic elections. The goal was firstly to improve the transmission of power from Takeo to the capital city of Phnom Penh and secondly to bring electricity to selected rural areas.

Irrigation project in Mount Kenya

The multi-phase project supported smallholders in the regions to the east/south-east of Mount Kenya in the transition from rain-dependent farming to irrigated agriculture. In addition to increasing agricultural production, the main goal was to improve the living conditions of rural households.


MAPME - an initiative to promote the use of geodata for planning, monitoring and evaluation

MAPME is an initiative that provides free and open access to GIS tools and Earth observation in international development cooperation.

The QUER app – digital and interactive access to more than 1,000 evaluation findings

QUick Evaluation Results (QUER) is the FC Evaluation Unit’s new digital knowledge tool

Microfinance for microenterprises in Paraguay – Annika Schulte

Ecological landscape restoration in China - Lea Stuff & Dirk Wenzel

Expanding sustainable loan business in Tajikistan – Alexander Ehlert

Promoting employment in Tunisia – Verena Quesnel

Overview 2019/2020

Rising number of projects in fragile contexts

A high number of global conflicts results in more projects being implemented in conflict countries. A high number of global conflicts results in more projects being implemented in conflict countries. This trend is also increasingly reflected in the evaluations. Almost ten years ago (2011/2012 period), 38 FC projects in fragile contexts were evaluated, a figure which has now almost doubled to 68.

Evaluations in the health sector – indications on fighting COVID

Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, findings from the healthcare sector are of particular interest. Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, findings from the healthcare sector are of particular interest. Programmes for fighting infectious diseases may provide valuable insights into dealing with COVID-19, for example.

Heterogeneous results in the infrastructure sectors

In addition to the most frequently awarded overall ratings of 2, 3 and 4, on rare occasions particularly successful projects are awarded a rating of 1, while projects that are overwhelmingly disappointing can be rated as 5. In the 2019–2020 evaluation period, the only sector to contain projects receiving the entire range of possible overall ratings was the energy sector.

New findings and methods in the green sector

Involving local populations in the declaration of ecological conservation areas increases their acceptance and is an important factor in the success of projects in the environmental sector.

Sample size and rating distribution - results 2019/2020

The results from this reporting period are based on a similar number of ex post evaluations as in previous years and also exhibit a similar success rate: almost 86 percent of all evaluated projects were rated as successful.

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Evaluation report 2019/20

The print version provides you with all the information in an easily accessible and compact form.

Protecting workers and firms in times of crisis: key labour mark

A tailored mix of labour market and social protection policies is needed to mitigate the economic and social impacts of Covid-19, staggered along three stages of the crisis: assistance, reorganisation, and resilience building.

Lessons learned from evaluations can substantiate FC responses to the coronavirus crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world like no other virus in recent memory. To support its partner countries, FC is setting up new projects and committing or redirecting funds: what evaluation learnings from FC and other institutions can sharpen the focus in the design phase of new projects?

Vision and mission

We improve the effectiveness of Financial Cooperation (FC) in line with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting FC projects with our evaluation expertise by critically assessing them, and by identifying lessons learned for future projects.

Media source: KfW Bankengruppe/ Thomas Schuch and Alexander Luthe