Remote consulting and evaluation have played a role for a long time, but in times of Covid-19 their relevance increased massively. FAKT consultants need to be familiar with the many forms it can take and the tools that can be used.
A practical guidance to the implementation of the Brot für die Welt policies.
Digitisation is playing an increasingly important role in development cooperation and offers not only new information and communication technologies but also a multitude of new opportunities for cooperation between the various actors.
FAKT provides conceptual and technical support to the GIZ team of the project in DR Congo. In cooperation with GIZ, we are developing an app that can be used to continuously document information on the implementation of project activities and to measure their impact.
Wolfgang Heinrich, veteran expert on the Do No Harm approach and involved in its development from early days, provided a one-day training for FAKT consultants in October 2019 on how to implement the Do No Harm approach.
FAKT is part of the consortium with Adelphi, GOPA, arepo consult and Ceval which is implementing the second project evaluation cycle of the International Climate Change Initiative (Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative, IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMU) from 2019 to 2021.
A day’s input and reflection of FAKT consultants in April 2019 served to understand the chances of digitalisation for consultancies and for development interventions. Nora Hauptman of betterplace.lab gave a vivid overview of trends with lots of practical examples.
In 2015, FAKT conducted an ex-post impact analysis of environmental projects on the Balkans, commissioned by the Austrian Development Agency ADA. 37 projects were analysed.
FAKT consultants came together in October 2018 to discuss new developments in evaluation. A representative of the German institute for development education DEval reported on the current revision of the DAC criteria in view of the Agenda 2030.
FAKT organized a two-day training for consultants on basics in evaluation. Planning, implementing and standards of evaluation as well as methodology were topics.
FAKT wins framework contracts with GIZ for 12 consultants in their first call for central project evaluations, 2018-2020. FAKT was successful in all 6 lots where it had put in offers. GIZ has newly established central project evaluations as an instrument of steering, transparency and learning.
A training course on digital data collection was conducted in April 2018 in Stuttgart for FAKT associated consultants. Inputs on various tools and experiences were followed by working group discussions of specific cases.
An advanced training course on Sustainable Development Goals was conducted in January 2018 for FAKT associated consultants. Inputs by experts on the SDGs and on SDG monitoring were followed by discussions on how to implement the SDGs in various fields of consultancies.
A day’s exchange of consultants on “qualitative indicators”, its varying definitions and practice took place in October 2017 for FAKT associated consultants.
Informal apprenticeship, long considered as inferior by policy makers, is still the most common form for acquisition of vocational skills in developing countries.