LuxDev works in 14 countries on four continents. The bulk of its activity is concentrated on the nine official partner countries of the Luxembourg ODA, as defined by the Government of the Grand Duchy. Apart from Africa (Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal), the Agency is also active in Latin America (Nicaragua and El Salvador) and South-East Asia (Laos and Vietnam).
The ODA with these privileged partner countries is managed via an Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP), which is adopted by the governments of Luxembourg and the respective partner countries. The ICP is a multi-annual programme which identifies key areas of Development Cooperation (sectors, geographic areas, modalities) and multi-year budgets allocated to development programmes. It shows the long-term commitment that binds the Luxembourg Development Cooperation with its partner countries. In every partner country, the Agency is represented by a Regional Office which shares its premises with the official Luxembourg diplomatic missions.
Evaluation is a tool for continuous improvement, for efficient Development Cooperation as well as increased transparency and mutual accountability. LuxDev’s evaluation policy is based on the guiding principles and criteria for evaluation of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD and derived from the official evaluation strategy of the Luxembourg Development Cooperation.
Evaluation: The systematic and objective assessment of an on-going or completed project, programme or policy, its design, implementation and results. The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfilment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. An evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision–making process of both recipients and donors.
Source: OECD / DAC: Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results based management
The evaluations are driven by the Evaluations and Knowledge Management Department, which reports to the Expertise and Quality directorate
LuxDev systematically recruits consultants and pays particular attention to the use of local expertise in the evaluation teams. The impartiality and independence of these evaluations facilitate the dissemination and use of lessons learned within the Agency.
The evaluation exercise is a privileged moment of partnership, exchange and learning between all stakeholders of an intervention. The involvement of the counterpart contributes to capacity building in the field of evaluation in the partner countries.
Evaluation summary reports are systematically published on the LuxDev website.
In addition to Development Cooperation projects commissioned by the Luxembourg Government, our core activity, we also carry out projects on behalf of the European Commission and other bilateral development donors.
Current EC co-funded projects include the Nicaragua Support to local economic development via the Tourism sector "Route of the Colonial Cities and the Volcanoes" under DCI instrument (7 million EUR) and the Niger Support to the National Professional and Technical Training Programme under EDF instrument (26.4 million EUR of which 3.5 million EUR from EDF). Recently, we have also been mandated to implement the project: Rapid Support for the Malian Authorities and Essential Social Services in Post-Conflict Areas under IfS (Instrument for stability) (5 million EUR) and another project in Niger for the Swiss Development Cooperation: Support to the Decennial Programme for Education Development in Dosso.
In our role as Financier within the framework of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, since 2011 we have taken the lead on two projects in the ICT sector: the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) and the Satellite-Enhanced Telemedicine and eHealth for Sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA). Both projects are co-financed by the ITF and the Luxembourg Government.