Effectiveness, knowledge management and successful learning in development cooperation

The research project investigates how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development exerts reform pressures for results reporting and results orientation in development cooperation. In addition, the project researches which role knowledge management and institutional learning plays across different organisations in determining overall developmental effectiveness, in order to draw lessons for German development cooperation.

Project Lead:
Heiner Janus

Project Team:
Daniel Esser

Financing:
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Time frame:
2021 - 2023 / ongoing

Project description

The research project investigates how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development exerts reform pressures for results reporting and results orientation in development cooperation. In addition, the project researches which role knowledge management and institutional learning plays across different organisations in determining overall developmental effectiveness, in order to draw lessons for German development cooperation.

 

The following issues are examined in three main areas:

 

  1. Results-based management in development cooperation and standard indicators: Development organisations increasingly adopt standard indicators to measure their contribution to the SDGs. The research project analyses which criteria can be used for selecting standard indicators und which international experiences exist regarding results measurement and the use of SDG indicators for results reporting.
  2. Systematic knowledge management and institutional learning: The research in this area is structured in three parts.  The project analyses (I) overarching questions regarding the relationships between knowledge management, learning and effectiveness, including through investigating organisational cultures and processes, (II) comparisons between development cooperation and other policy areas and organisational fields (III)  innovative and alternative approaches (such as „Adaptive Development“, „Doing Development Differently“, „Thinking and Working Politically“, „Problem-driven iterative Adaptation“) in the management of development organisations.
  3. Development effectiveness evaluations and research on the organisational level for different development actors: The project studies how development organisations use evaluations and research at the organisational level towards improving evidence-based policymaking.

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Project Coordination

Benjamin Heil