Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 June (WA 320), since 2011 (1) how many new Department for International Development projects they have decided to have evaluated, (2) what percentage this represents of all new Department for International Development projects since 2011, and (3) what is the percentage breakdown of evaluated and non-evaluated projects by sector and country.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The table below shows the number of projects to be evaluated, by divisions within DfID,. as recorded on our central management information system on 2 July 2012.

Evaluation Summary-Breakdown by Division
Division Evaluations Planned
Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories 57
East and Central Africa 109
International Divisions 47
Policy, Research and Trade 74
West Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Conflict and Humanitarian 78
West and Southern Africa 128
Other 10
Total 503

These data have been collected since January 2012, and include pipeline projects (ie projects in preparation which have not yet been formally approved) and projects at their implementation stage, regardless of the date of approval. Therefore the figures above also contain projects approved before January 2012 but for which evaluations are planned.

It is not yet possible to express the number of planned evaluations as a percentage of the total number of projects as there is not always a direct match between projects and evaluations (some evaluations will cover more than one project and others cut across themes, eg climate change). DfID's Management Board has requested similar data and we are currently developing the process to extract this from our management information system. Once the process is established, we will be able to produce figures quarterly as well as prepare an annual report (from June 2013) on the scale and coverage of our evaluation programme.

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