The Responsible and Accountable Garment Sector Challenge Fund (RAGS) was designed by the Department for International Development (DFID) to support projects aimed at improving conditions of vulnerable workers in the ready-made garment (RMG) production sector. The objective of the programme was to contribute to the goal of responsible, ethical production as the norm in the RMG production sector supplying the United Kingdom (UK). The expected outcome of the programme was that RAGS would act as a catalyst to better working conditions in garments industries through the identification and development of scalable and replicable interventions in key labour areas.
DFID commissioned Oxford Policy Management Ltd. (OPM) to undertake an independent final evaluation of RAGS to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/ Development Assistance Committee (DAC) standards. The OECD/DAC standard provides a framework whereby an assessment is carried out in 5 areas, relevance and rationale; effectiveness; efficiency; results and impact and sustainability. In addition, the evaluation considered what would have happened in the absence of RAGS, and what lessons can be learnt in respect of future DFID programming and for wider interest.