The potential of evaluation to promote sustainable development in Russian forest management
This article discussesthe potential of evaluation to help NGOs, namely the WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) to promote sustainable development in the Russian forest sector. Aplication of evaluation can strengthen two out of three functions of NGOs - their expertise and lobbying. The third function of NGOs, as legitimisers, is difficult to perform in the Russian institutional climate. International partnerships address the issue of legitimacy and secure funding for NGOs. This international support is benefitial to a capacity building process and should promote the implementation of independent evaluation, which, in turn, can be helpful to promote sustainable development.