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Monday, August 02, 2021

Changing from Feedburner to FeedBlitz for Delivery of Results-Based Management Reviews

 If you have subscribed by email to the Results-Based Management Websites Review, you are currently getting one or two reviews per year.  These have been delivered to you, since this site started, by Google's FeedBurner email service.

Google is now ending email delivery by FeedBurner, but it is continuing to provide the RSS feed for this website.

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The next review, of how the Asian Development Bank uses RBM, will be published in a few weeks.

Thanks for your continuing interest in this topic.

Greg Armstrong

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Global Affairs Canada Results-Based Management Guides: 1998-2021


 Greg Armstrong - Last updated: March 25, 2021

The Global Affairs Canada suite of Results-Based Management guides, tools and checklists are among the most practical guides available for the design, management, monitoring and results reporting for projects funded by any international agency.  And, of course, they are essential for anyone bidding on or implementing projects funded by Global Affairs Canada.   

As strong as the project-level RBM guides are, however, the agency-wide results framework for GAC is surprisingly weak.

This article reviews the most recent changes made to the GAC RBM system between 2016-2020, considers how flexible the GAC Results-Based Management system is, in practice, and looks at the state of agency-wide Global Affairs Canada results reporting,  in early 2021.

16 GAC RBM guides, tables and checklists inside a red Canadian maple leaf symbol
GAC RBM Guides: 1998-2021

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How GIZ uses Results-Based Management in Monitoring and Evaluation

Greg Armstrong

With $16 billion in 1,700 ongoing technical cooperation projects, and more than 19,000 staff working in 130 countries, GIZ is one of the world’s biggest technical cooperation implementing agencies. This article reviews the GIZ role in German international development assistance and, GIZ policies on Results-Based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Map showing in which countries GIZ is active

Who This is For:  Project Managers, Bid Managers
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate to complex
Most useful:  Guidelines on designing and using a results-based monitoring system (RBM system)

The size and scope of German International Assistance

According to Donor Tracker in 2017 Germany was the second largest donor for international development assistance in gross amounts disbursed.

Even given the fact that the $ 24.7 billion budget for international assistance included roughly $6 billion for refugee related expenditures, this still makes Germany in gross terms the biggest donor in Europe, and the second biggest in the world.  It ranked 6th in Europe in terms of % of GNI contributed.

Germany is also the largest contributor to the European Development Fund, the largest component of EU-administered development assistance.  

 The two largest components of this development assistance are managed by  KfW Development Bank and its subsidiary DEG, the German Investment Corporation and BMZ – the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Role and Function of BMZ 

While much of this German ODA was managed by KfW Development Bank, and other government Ministries,  BMZ - The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, administered  the largest portion of the budget -roughly 37% of the ODA budget in 2017, and that was predicted to rise to 49% ( $10.7 billion) in 2018.

2018 Budget Allocations - BMZ
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The largest component of the BMZ aid budget in 2018 was allocated to bilateral development cooperation.

Of the 8.5 billion Euro ($US 9.5 billion administered by BMZ, in 2017 several billion was provided for
financial cooperation, some through the European Union’s aid mechanisms, some to the World
Bank, and the regional development banks, to foundations and civil society organizations.  Some was
also provided to a wide range of United Nations agencies. 

Germany is, for example, the largest government contributor to the UNDP.

And Germany supported close to 2,000 UNDP projects through UNDP regular resources and another 113 UNDP projects directly in 2017.  
Map showing the location of 2,087 UNDP projects supported by Germany in 2017
UNDP projects supported by Germany in 2017
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GIZ, as an implementing agency itself received roughly 2.6 billion Euros  (close to $3 billion) in 2017, roughly 2.5 billion coming from BMZ and other German ministries, the rest from organizations such as the European Union, U.N. agencies, foundations or private sector companies, for the implementation of technical cooperation activities and between 2015-2017 was the largest recipient of Europeaid contracts, and although no longer the single largest recipient in  January 2019 remained  in the top 3.
Chart showing the top 10 EuropeAid contractors between 2015-2017
List of top EuropeAid contractors 2015-2017
Over the past 5 years  GIZ has been awarded 218 EuropeAid contracts worth roughly $450 million.

5-Year total of GIZ contracts with EuropeAid - as of January 2019

The Role of GIZ as an Implementing Agency

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