Rural development

Rural development is by nature multidisciplinary and affects the multiple facets of rurality in relation to fair and balanced socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development. ADE has been involved in the evaluation of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs – the second pillar of the CAP) at the EU level, and in member states at national and regional levels, since the 1990s.

In partner countries, ADE evaluates various rural development programmes covering the agro-economics field.

In France, Belgium (Wallonia) and Luxembourg, ADE has taken part in ex ante, ex post and ongoing evaluations of RDPs for the last four programming periods. We continue to work in this field of rural development intervention, which is included in CAP Strategic Plans at the national level for the 2022-2027 period.

Project examples

  • Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture – Ex ante Evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Luxembourg National Strategic Plan CAP 2021-2027
  • Regional departments of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine – Evaluation of the Rural Development Programmes 2014-2020 in Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, in Wallonia and in Luxembourg
  • AfDB – Independent evaluation of the AfDB strategy to address fragility and strengthen resilience in Africa 2014-2019
  • EC – Ex-post evaluation of the Rural Development Programmes 2007-2013 in France, La Réunion, Luxembourg and Wallonia
  • Belgian Cooperation (ADA) – Impact evaluation (from baseline to endline) of the LIVE programme in Rwanda, food security system for most vulnerable populations in rural areas (2017-2021)
  • Enabel – Evaluations of several agricultural value chains projects in North and Sub-Saharan Africa (2011-2022)
  • Belgian Special Evaluation Office (SES) – Impact Evaluation of 4 NGO projects (2017)
  • Belgian Special Evaluation Office (SES) – Impact Evaluation of 4 bilateral projects (2013)