AGFUND – Arab Gulf Programme for Development, is a development institution that works to alleviate poverty in poor countries by focusing on a number of factors that militate against development. These include improvement of educational level in poor countries for children and women in particular, improvement of health condition, institutional development and capacity building, ensuring that development projects or activity today do not harm the capacity for development tomorrow, etc.
The aim of the Prince Talal Prize is to identify development projects that best contribute to the objectives of AGFUND and to give them recognition with the hope that their innovative features will influence the implementation of similar projects in other parts of the developing world.
The evaluation of development projects, particularly when they are not of the large-scale infrastructural types (roads, power plants, industrial structures … etc) is not easy. The process appears to be more complicated, since the comparison of projects from different socioeconomic setups present special problems. There is no guidance that can be given to evaluators that will enable them to precisely quantify in the same way aspects of projects that are in the final analysis not precisely quantifiable.
The evaluation guidelines provided here should therefore be seen as an attempt to focus the minds of the evaluators in similar areas. They are not meant to be comprehensive or to exclude giving credit to other good features of projects that have not been highlighted. The evaluators, who have been recognized as experts in their fields, should feel free to draw attention to innovative aspects of projects that may not be specifically asked for in the evaluation criteria.
To facilitate the work of the Prize Committee in selection of the winners, the evaluators are requested to indicate if some or all of the projects they rank as the best ones (top five projects in each category) really meet the international standards or they are just best among the submitted projects.
Evaluators are also requested not to give two or more projects the same score i.e. each project shall be given a different score.