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Partners and Sponsors

IPDET is a collaborative effort between three partners. This partnership brings long-standing roots in Development Evaluation and Training as well as strong faculty with on-the-ground experience.


The Center for Continuing Education, University of Bern

The Evaluation Group is a unit within the University of Bern’s Centre for University Continuing Education (ZUW). ZUW was founded in 1990 and employs close to 20 people across different disciplines. ZUW provides continuing education for professionals and supports the University of Bern’s faculty in offering continuing education. ZUW’s Evaluation Group has been providing education and training in evaluation for professionals since 2002. It offers evaluation consulting and conducts evaluations (mainly in the context of higher education); undertakes research on evaluation; and engages within the Swiss Evaluation Society, SEVAL, and the Gesellschaft für Evaluation DeGEval), mainly through contributing to the discourse on professionalization in evaluation (i.e. working on the development of competence frameworks for evaluators and evaluation managers).

The Center for Evaluation, Saarbrücken

The Center for Evaluation, Saarbrücken is a unique evaluation research, consulting and education institution in Germany. Since 2002 it conducts evaluations in various different fields of civil society and state action, advises public and private organizations in developing monitoring systems and designing evaluations, and provides academic and non-academic education and training programs in the field of monitoring and evaluation. The main thematic areas of CEval are development cooperation, education, culture, labor market, environment, health and social services. The results of its work are regularly utilized in basic research and then fed back into academic and scientific discourses, for example by publishing scientific articles and textbooks, or hosting international conferences. CEval thus contributes both to the further development of evaluation research and to keeping a wider public audience informed.

The Independant Evaluation Group (IEG), The World Bank

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), The World Bank Group. IEG reaches out to development partners through studies and capacity-building initiatives and evaluates the lasting contribution of the Bank to a country’s overall development. IEG’s country, sectoral, thematic, and global evaluations are dedicated to improving development results.

IPDET could not have achieved its past results and cannot achieve its future impact without the ongoing financial and non-financial contributions from many different institutions and individuals.

As most important part, the scholarship funds have been essential in enabling many  participants to attend IPDET each year. We thank our sponsoring organizations for their assistance in covering tuition fees and accommodation for a great number of highly qualified participants.


German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Together with its partners worldwide, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is working for poverty reduction, food security, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, and environmental protection. Development cooperation is one of the most important instruments for achieving these goals and for securing a future for people in developing countries.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. The primary philosophy of SDC is to fight poverty through participatory programs, creating sustainable improvements in peoples' lives by involving them in the process. Its main intentions are to improve access to education and basic health care, to pro-mote environmental health, to encourage economic and governmental autonomy, and to improve equity in labor.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its missions abroad. It is likewise the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. Development cooperation is one of the main tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a strong commitment made to tackling global poverty.

IPDET is a part of the “Road to Bern/UN World Data Forum”!