Area 5: Effectiveness of Developmental Interventions

This research area is thematically located in both, the measurement of developmental interventions and in ways of assessing their effectiveness in the respective policy arenas, according to the specific objectives and a general understanding of development. It assembles methods of empirical social research in qualitative and quantitative dimensions, with the overall goal to evaluate existing policies, measuring impact and giving policy recommendations based on empirical evidence. The research work concentrates on developing and testing methods for the impact assessment of a diversity of interventions from the affected people's perspective, as well as on reform designs for key sectors in which the interventions take place.

The involved researchers focus on specific cases from various disciplines. The following projects exemplarily show the spectrum of topics covered by this research area:

  • Measuring Welfare Effects of Slum Eradication and Relocation Programme – The Villes sans Bidonvilles Programme in Morocco (PhD-Project Raffael Beier)
  • Public Procurement Law in Developing Countries (funded by Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung), Law of Development Cooperation / Social Protection in Developing Countries / Human Rights (Markus Kaltenborn, selected projects, further information on:
  • Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement in Sub-Sahara Africa (PhD-Project Annika Engelbert)
  • Factors Affecting the Development of an Epistemic Landscape in Paraguay as a Developing Country (PhD-Project Sascha Rosenberger)
  • Impact of Grassroots Economic Development Projects on Women Empowerment in Rural Egyptian Bedouin Communities (PhD-Project Britta Holzberg)
  • Towards Greater Aid Effectiveness? The Law of EU Development Cooperation in Higher Education (PhD-Project Katherine U. Walker)



Institute of Development Research and Development Policy Institute of Political Science Institute for Development and Peace