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





Asian Philantropy Forum, Hainan Nov. 15-17, 2023

Speaker on Bridging Eastern and Western Perspectives; Discussant on Online Philanthropy


20th Beijing Forum, Peking, Nov. 2-5, 2023

Speaker on Global Megatrends and Regional Diversity


German-Chinese cooperation in climate protection 

Talk at Confucius Institute Berlin (Hybrid conference, Oct. 16-17, 2023)


Programme Evaluation

Research & Dialogue

Program of DAK University Bethlehem, Aug./Sept. 2023

Megatrends Talk

Megatrends and Future Research 

Talk at German Institute for Defence and Security Studies, March 22, Hamburg


Podcast China Impulse: Globale Megatrends and Zukunftsforschung


Feb. 09, 2023


European Academy MV 

Fr, Dec. 09- Sat, Dec. 10

Chinas Entwicklungspolitik in Afrika

contact: Eva Wilk



European Academy MV 

Megatrends and Future Research (auf Deutsch)

Tue, Nov. 15, 2022.

contact: Eva Wilk



Berlin Science Week (BSW)

Megatrends and Future Research (in English)

Sat, Nov. 05, 2022, 

09:30 -11:00, 

CAMPUS, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin, 



Freie Universität Berlin


Master Course on Global megatrends and the role of think tanks in international cooperation, OSI, Oct. 2022 to Feb. 2023, Mo 10-12 hours


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





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