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Title:What Determines Evaluation Outcomes? Evidence from Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation PDF Logo
Authors:Michaelowa, Katharina
Borrmann, Axel
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:HWWA Discussion Paper 310
Abstract:Donor agencies invest considerable financial and human resources to evaluate the outcome of their development activities. To derive institutional conditions conducive to an efficient use of these resources, we develop a multi-level principal-agent model focusing on the various interests of the different actors involved in the evaluation process. The model highlights two central problems: (i) the aid agencies? conflicting objectives of transparency and self-legitimization, and (ii) the potential collusion between the evaluator and the project manager. Empirical evidence for the World Bank and different German donor agencies reveals concrete institutional requirements for a reduced evaluation bias and increased transparency.
Subjects:Development cooperation
evaluation
political economy
JEL:D73
F35
H43
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:HWWA Discussion Paper, Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv

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