OECD-DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance

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The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD has drawn up a series of policy principles addressing key areas of aid programming and management including Project Appraisal, Programme Assistance and Technical Co-operation.

This document describes each of these principles.

The principles for evaluation comprises the following:

  • Purpose of evaluation
  • Impartiality and independence
  • Credibility
  • Usefulness
  • Participation of donors and recipients
  • Donor co-operation
  • Evaluation programming
  • Design and implementation of evaluations
  • Reporting, dissemination and feedback
  • Application of these principles and follow-up


OECD (1991), DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance, Paris

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Operations & MEAL Manager, Oxfam International.
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Godwin Kamtukule

Very helpful stuff. I have used this information when developing a material on the Integrated Catchment Management planning. 

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