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Are the individuals, groups or entities with a stake in the outcomes of a programme or project. In essence, they are those who are directly or indirectly affected during the life of a programme or project long after it has been completed.[1] Stakeholders include participants direct and indirect beneficiaries, public officials; programme/project owners; community and interest groups.

Groups or individuals who have a significant interest in the successful outcome of some initiative or activity; in the case of an educational institution, they can include funding agencies, employers of those who eventually graduate, the staff of the institution, and existing and potential learners. [2] See also: Stakeholder Analysis.


  1. Imas Linda G. Morra, Rist C. Ray. The Road To Results; Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations pp.495. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2009.
  2. (25 March 2008)