Evaluation of the Georg Forster Research Funding Programme

With the Georg Forster Research Funding Programme, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) sponsors researchers from emerging and developing countries with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With this funding the AvH would like to pay special tribute to the importance of scientists from the global South in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The sponsorship programme has two main focuses: the Georg Forster Research Fellowship and the Georg Forster Research Award. Since 1997, the Georg Forster Research Fellowship has provided funding for excellent scientists from developing and emerging countries to carry out research projects in Germany. With the Georg Forster Research Award, the AvH has been honouring outstanding scientists from developing and emerging countries for their scientific achievements to date since 2012. Both funding approaches are aimed at the application or reception of the research results in their home region.

The aim of the evaluation was to examine the Georg Forster Programme on the basis of the six DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability) and with regard to the programme’s contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The evaluation was intended to contribute to the further development of the funding programme on the basis of evidence-based findings and to provide accountability to donors, partners and the public. To this end, the evaluation assessed the achievement of objectives and the effectiveness of the funding in order to derive recommendations for the further design of the programme.

  • Document analysis, secondary data analysis and monitoring data evaluations
  • Qualitative interviews
  • Participant observation
  • Online survey of funded participants
  • Counterfactual analysis (based on an online survey of non-funded comparison group)
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Comparative country case studies