Dr. Berthold Kuhn Research and Consulting
Dr. Berthold Kuhn                                                 Research and Consulting  

Dr. Berthold M. Kuhn                                 Consulting & Evaluations

My consulting work covers a wide range of international cooperation topics, with a focus on sustainability transitions, global megatrends and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (2030 Agenda), civil society dialogue and cooperation, local government reform and participatory planning exercises, rights-based approaches (human rights, social and labour starndards).


I have extensive experience with state-of-the-art evaluation tools & methods, including the six OECD-DAC criteria, contribution analysis, participatory learning exercises (PLA).


My clients include the European Commission, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, international NGOs, and think tanks.

Areas of Expertise

Climate Policies in international comparative perspective

My expertise includes advisory services and programme evaluations related to capacity building of national and local governments and support to private sector and civil society organisations to meet climate mitigation targets and to design and implement climate adaptation measures at city level (e.g. sponge city) and company level.


Global megatrends and international cooperation:  My expertise includes emerging trends in international cooperation, in global business models and in intercultural civil society dialogue. Digitalisation, climate and sustainability policies and growing social inequalities are amongst megatrends for international organsations and global think tanks. Based on my  own research and on exchanges with academics and practitioners (analysts, consultants), I  provide advisory services on how organisations - along the line of their specific mission and mandate - could best adapt to and engage with global megatrends.

Sustainable Development: 

Expertise includes sustainable development in theory and practice, climate policies and governance in comparative persepctive,  sustainable finance in Germany; interplay and cooperation between stakeholders, capacity building, PPP & CSR, NGOs and public participation, survey design on climate knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

Civil Society: comparative analysis of legal and regulatory frameworks; capacity building of CSO; NGO regulation, evaluation, certification, civil society mapping, NGO networks; rights-based approaches, NGOs as advocacy networks and service providers (environment & climate change, social sectors), youth led and youth exchange organisations.

Democracy and Governance: Strengthening of national and regional assemblies/parliaments, rule of law, local government reform, legal aid and awareness; transparency and accountability, Public-Private Partnerships,

Human Rights: UN conventions, institutions and instruments, Universal Periodic Review, International Criminal Court (ICC), EU Guidelines and instruments, EIDHR, human rights dialogue and human rights projects, rights of children, rights of minorities, labour and social standards.

Programme Management & Evaluation: Project Cycle Management, monitoring, evaluation and capacity development, European Commission (Horozon2020, EDF, EIDHR) approaches and procedures, project planning, M&E and capacity development, GTZ Capacity Works Certificate (2009)


Evaluations are a key instrument for improving the quality of projects and strengthening the legitimacy of public and private funding support. Evaluation exercises aim to understand different interests and perspectives of stakeholders and to promote better interaction among them.   

My evaluation methodology corresponds with the OECD-DAC criteria focusing on

* Relevance,

* Coherence,

* Effectiveness,

* Efficiency,

* Sustainability and

* Impact.

My evaluations pay emphasis to the

* political level (national and regional political dynamics, respect of principles of Paris and Accra Agenda),

* the level of the programme partners (capacity development and competencies)

* the level of target groups (adequate responses to felt needs and constraints, ownership, innovative approaches).

The copyrights of evaluation reports/documents are with my clients, including European Commission,  United Nations, World Bank, Federal Ministries, GTZ and others. I may seek special authorization to share reports upon request. Please contact the clients (see reference CV Consulting) or me for this purpose.

Example of Consulting Work for European Commission

EIDHR evaluation
This report is the outcome of an evaluation commissioned by the European Commission with the title "Fight against racism, xenophobia and discrimination", It is one of the few evaluations that have been published in the Internet with the consent of all parties involved.
EIDHR evaluation.pdf
PDF-Dokument [457.7 KB]

Paper on Evaluations of Governance Projects D+C July/August 2011




Events with Berthold Kuhn as speaker/panelist:


European Academy MV 


Tue, Nov. 15, 2022.

18:00 online

registration & link via Eva Wilk e.wilk@ea-mv.com


Berlin Science Week (BSW)

Sat, Nov. 05, 2022, 

09:30 -11:00, 

CAMPUS, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin, 



Freie Universität Berlin


Round Table on Digitalization and other Megatrends, Nov. 3; 16:00 to 17:45 (online)



Global Perspectives on Megatrends

Our new book is out, published by

Ibidem & Columbia University Press on May  17, 2022,  see Megatrends Book 2022


"Global Perspectives on Sustainability Transitions", hybrid course (online & on campus sessions) taught at FU Berlin/UC Madrid in cooperation with Prof. Asun Lopez, Summer 2022"


International Organisations and Global Governance", online  course taught at Zhejiang University, HangZhou, China in my capacity as Visiting Professor., Spring 2022


"The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development",  Course taught at Political Science Department, FU Berlin, autumn/winter 2021/2022


Team Leader of the evaluation of the project Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development, implemented by GIZ and partners, March 2021 to Jan. 2022


Team Leader of the  evaluation of the NDC Assist Project, implemented by GIZ and partners, Dec. 2020  to August 2021.


Evaluator of the European Commission supported project on Civil society support to the African Governance Architecture, Jan. - July 2021


Berlin Science Week (BSW) 2020. Lecture & Discussion "An International Perspective on Climate Policies", in cooperation with Germanwatch, Fr, Nov. 6, 14 to 16 hours, see BSW 2020 website


International Conference of the University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS), Co-Chair of the workshop on Financial Markets in Times of Climate Change, Oct. 20, 2020 see FU Berlin/UAS website


Policy analysis and consulting services for GIZ advisory project on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2020/ongoing)


Publication in the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, June 26, 2020 (see Research)


Teaching a course on Climate Policies in Comparative Perspective (focus on the role of cities) at FU Berlin (winner of teaching award for course concept) spring/summer 2020.


Berlin Science Week November 6, 2019

Lecture on Climate Policies in Comparative Perspective


Speaker at International Forum on Ecological Civilisation, Jinan. China, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2019


URBANIXX Conference, Future City, Future Village 

Hsinchu City, Taiwan,

Oct. 21-25, 2019


DOC Rhodes Forum 2019, Oct. 11/12, Rhodes, Greece


Session: Sustainable Finance for Culture


Presentation on Climate Policies at City Level at Humboldt University's KOSMOS Conference on Navigating the Sustainability Transformation, August 28-30, 2019


New projects on "Sustainable Finance" (FUB UAS) and "Sustainable Finance for Culture" ( DOC)


Annual Meeting of German Council for Sustainable Development in Berlin (June 4, 2019)


Evaluation of Program "Religion and State in the Middle East "

implemented by CAFCAW, DIYAR, Bethlehem