Tuesday, November 15, 2011

German aid transparency

While Germany is one of the few countries in the world, and of course in Europe, that have not cut much development aid funds, I have been surprised for the few external accountability of the aid agencies based in Frankfurt.

While the projects of KfW and GIZ are very ambitious, interesting and potentially very beneficial, I have struggled to find any proper impact evaluation. Even more, it is not just that there is no institutional policy for external expert evaluation, but in general they do not know what this is about.

Another, seemly relate, problem comes to transparency in terms of reporting how the money is spent. Publish What You Fund (PWYF) released the 2011 report with the index of transparency for 58 aid agencies. The World Bank has the highest ranking (more transparent) while China-MOFCOM is at the bottom. The Germans are ranked very badly: KfW is 23th and GIZ is 41th! (besides USAID)


  1. Dear Dany,

    You can find some information on the methodology as well as published ex-post evaluation reports on KfW's website on evaluation.


    Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the transparency of German development aid has to be increased.

    Best regards,
    (Student in your TIIT class)