3 December 2012
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AfDB to Hold 2012 Evaluation Week in Celebration of 25 Years of Evaluation

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This year the African Development Bank will mark 25 years of evaluation work during Evaluation Week, which will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, from December 3 to 6, 2012.

The AfDB Evaluation week, an evaluation Indaba, is an annual learning event established to serve as a platform for Bank staff to discuss, debate and reflect on key lessons from evaluations of Bank programs. It is also an opportunity for development practitioners, beneficiaries and evaluation specialists to discuss key issues of concern to Africa's development.

Speaking about the event, the Director of the Operations Evaluation Department, Rakesh Nangia, said, "Over the years, the evaluation function has evolved to meet the Bank's need for evaluation of its work in an ever-changing development environment. It has made a significant contribution to the Bank's work. However, the department's story has never fully been told. We have planned two events to commemorate this silver anniversary: a global evaluation essay contest on evaluation in Africa, and a publication on the history of evaluation at the AfDB. This promises to be a very interesting and informative week."

Highlights of the 2012 event, which draws on the expertise of experts across countries and institutions, are as follows:

Keynote Address: by Tertius Zongo, former Prime Minister, Burkina Faso, on Development Challenges in Africa.

Davos style debate on Evaluation and Development: Challenges and Opportunities hosted by Jim Adams, former VP, World Bank, with the participation of

Emmanuel Mbi (First Vice-President/COO, African Development Bank)

Rajat Nag (Director General and Senior VP, Asian Development Bank)

Caroline Heider, Senior VP and Director General, IEG, World Bank

Mustapha Nali, Former Governor, Central Bank of Tunisia (TBC)

Book Launch: Multilateral Banks and the Development Process: Vinod Thomas (author), Director-General, Evaluation Department, Asian Development Bank

Knowledge Fair

Inclusive Financial Sector for Equitable Growth (Perspectives: IFC, AfDB, private sector)

Role of the Private Sector in Africa: Lessons from Evaluations (AfDB, IFC, IADB, ADB)

Lessons from Water Sector Evaluations (AfDB, IsDB, Morocco)

Fragile States: How do we make a Difference? (Perspectives: AfDB, UN, NORAD, AsDB)

Impact Evaluation, Annette Brown, 3ie

Challenges of Mainstreaming (Gender, Environment, Private Sector) in Development Programmes ( AfDB,


Knowledge Management for Development Effectiveness (Frannie Leutier, ACBF, AfDB, World Bank)

Building Evaluation Capacity in Africa: Strategies and Challenges (ACBF, CLEAR South Africa and CLEAR

Senegal, Uganda PM's Office)

Awards: Best Quality Project Completion Report; Evaluation Essay Contest; Best M&E System Design

The event is open to all.

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