NGO-IDEAs

NGO-IDEAs is a cooperation of about 40 non-govermental organisations (NGOs) from South
Asia, East Africa and the Philippines and 14 German NGOs working in the field of development
cooperation. It identifies and develops jointly with all partners, concepts and tools for
NGOs in the areas of Outcome and Impact Assessment and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E).
NGO-IDEAs is further being supported by VENRO, the umbrella organisation of development
non-governmental organisations in Germany as well as PARITÄT, the legal holder of the project.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has cofinanced
the project.


NGO-IDEAs is not just another study evaluating the impact of NGOs’ work – it combines
research & development, knowledge management, learning & training as well as advice &
coaching to initiate a collective learning process for all partners involved. Additionally, NGOIDEAs
intends to create a valuable resource base for use by NGOs.

NGO-IDEAs aims at:

  • Empowering community based organisations or groups and the poor among the rural communities to use and practice impact monitoring for project management
  • Empowering NGOs to further improve the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of their efforts
  • Making social changes more visible for implementing and funding NGOs, thus improving development practice
  • Improving public recognition of NGOs and CBOs and their contribution to development.

The NGO-IDEAs “Impact Toolbox” is to enable NGOs and grassroots organisations to monitor
projects together with the so called target groups involved, in a manner that will enhance
positive outcomes and impacts, and reduce negative ones. It focuses on joint setting of goals,
on monitoring them and finally on taking joint decisions about the further design and direction
of interventions.
The instruments of the NGO-IDEAs “Impact Toolbox” are simple and participatory.
Simple means: setting out from people’s knowledge and know-how, therefore, easy to understand
and apply. Application can easily be fitted into the “normal” activities of the NGOs or
grassroots organisations. The participatory character emerges through democratic elements
promoting a “Culture of Learning” that the people can assimilate.