Project Description

Measuring results in the development sector: issues and challenges – Contextual No. 7 (2009)

Leadership-in-postChris Eijkemans, Peter Das

The subject of this article relates to the developments in the field of result- measurement within development cooperation. Many methodologies and approaches have already been developed; the emergence of planning, monitoring and evaluation methodology has boomed. To further position the subject this article provides an overview of the history of development cooperation (paragraph 2) and the debate on measurement in particular (paragraph 3). It presents the historical development of re- lations between donors and recipients and of the increasing importance of the concept of participation. Paragraphs 4 and 5 constitute the focus of this paper: the main challenges and questions deriving from the exploratory research are examined. In paragraph 6 a number of questions are listed which invite for further research on the subject.