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What determines evaluation outcomes? Evidence from bi- and multilateral development cooperation


Michaelowa, Katharina; Borrmann, Axel (2005). What determines evaluation outcomes? Evidence from bi- and multilateral development cooperation. HWWA Discussion Paper 310, Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA).

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.

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.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:development cooperation, evaluation, political economy
Language:English
Date:February 2005
Deposited On:08 Apr 2021 08:28
Last Modified:08 Apr 2021 08:43
Series Name:HWWA Discussion Paper
Number of Pages:37
ISSN:1616-4814
Additional Information:Pre-Print: Michaelowa, Katharina and Borrmann, Axel (2006): Evaluation bias and incentive structures in bi- and multilateral aid agencies. Review of Development Economics, 10(2):313-329.
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/19282/1/310.pdf
Related URLs:https://www.hwwi.org/home.html (Organisation)
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  • Language: English