This main report contains the findings of the evaluation of the Danish Center for Development Research (CDR). The evaluation team found that overall CDR has made good use of the opportunities it has been given. Its research can be summed up and characterised as follows: (a) It is orientated towards social phenomena at the micro level (mostly rural but also some urban); (b) Its methodological approach is predominantly empirical and primarily qualitative; (c) With some exceptions it is highly concentrated to certain countries and geographical areas, principally Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; (d) Its relevance to Danida's needs is very high in terms of subject matter, but CDR's ability to make its accumulated knowledge useful to Danida in an operational sense needs to be improved; (e) The research quality is generally solid by international standards but hardly path-breaking.

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