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Are hypotheses about the external factors, influences or risks that might affect the progress or success of a programme or project.[1] Assumptions highlight external factors, which are important for the success of a project or programme, but are largely or completely beyond the control of Management.[2] Incorrect assumptions at any stage of the programme or project results chain may be an obstacle to the achievement of expected results.[3]


  1. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management, pp 16. Paris, 2002.
  2. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Monitoring, Evaluation and Consulting Division, 2006.
  3. United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Programme Manager's Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit, 2004.