FAKT Consult GmbH together with the Arbeitskreis Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe of DeGEval (Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V.) and the University of Hohenheim hosted the DeGEval Frühjahrstagung, a 2-day conference bringing together academics, freelance evaluators, evaluation experts from institutional funders and NGOs. Given this year’s focus on participation in monitoring and evaluation, FAKT presented our experience working with the Method for Impact Assessment of Programmes and Projects (MAPP).

Coworkers wanted to know more about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on seconding development workers abroad. FAKT collected data among development workers and partner organisations on four continents. The relevance of development workers increased during the pandemic. Many assisted partner organisations on a strategic level to undergo transformation processes.

FAKT conducted an ex-post impact analysis of environmental projects on the Balkans, commissioned by the Austrian Development Agency ADA. 37 projects were analysed. In field studies in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, the participatory tool MAPP was used to assess change and attribution.

The first impact oriented sector evaluation for EED, a predecessor to Bread for the World on a global level. It assessed EED's intervention on rural development, evaluating 88 EED funded projects and conducting five case studies in different countries. Amongst other tools and a quantitative study, the participatory tool MAPP was carried out.

The first impact oriented sector evaluation for Misereor on global level. More than 200 Misereor projects were analysed in a desk study. Nine case studies in different countries were carried out, partly based on Participatory Rural Appraisal tools that are suitable to assess impact ("Tiny Tools").

The Rapid Climate Risk Assessment is a tool that is designed to monitor climate change impacts systematically. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Participatory Rapid Climate Risk Assessment (PRCA), developed in 2020 with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), identified climate risk hotspots in the Malawi-Zambia (MaZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA).

The GIZ Global Project ‘Mainstreaming EbA - strengthening ecosystem-based adaptation in planning and decision-making processes' launched a collection of publications exploring climate justice aspects in EbA. FAKT Consult supported the Global Project on the topic of climate justice in EbA through identifying the gaps between theory and practice and developing tools and methodologies to contribute towards bridging these gaps.

This guidebook aims to demonstrate the importance of sustainable soil management (SSM) for adaptation to climate change, biodiversity conservation and the achievement of long-term food security. By adopting nature-based solutions such as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), farmers can dramatically increase their productivity while adapting to climate risks.

FAKT Consult has developed and funded this paper to explore approaches and practices set out to  support young people in rural areas to become productive members of rural societies. We believe this includes enabling young people to create a livelihood and generate a decent income which does not harm, but is in harmony with their environmental, material and social environment. We understand this paper as a “discussion paper” that may include controversial theses, to which we are inviting feedback for further discussion and elaboration of this paper.