Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire — Africa's ambitious transformation agenda cannot be achieved without effective monitoring and evaluation at the national, regional and continental levels. Monitoring and evaluation are also important sources of evidence and learning, about what has worked, what has not, and why. These lessons, if properly taken into account and integrated into new policies, strategies, projects and processes, will help to improve the quality of design and implementation, and make interventions more effective, efficient and sustainable.
From 5 to 7 September 2018, the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank will host its Development Evaluation Week 2018 in Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire, on the theme," Strengthening Development Impact."
The objectives of the three-day knowledge-sharing forum are:
1. To champion development evaluation as a valuable tool to monitor the progress of the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063, and to inform future policies and programs for greater impact.
2. To facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences on the evaluation methods and practices that help foster the achievement of development results.
3. To enable interrogation of approaches to development evaluation that foster innovation, uptake of lessons, and broader learning.
Why attend African Development Bank Evaluation Week 2018?
African Development Bank Evaluation Week is a biennial global knowledge event targeted at African Development Bank shareholders, management and staff; government policy- and decision-makers; technical and financial partners; research and academic institutions; evaluation institutions and associations; civil society; private sector; and media.
This year, the conference will feature plenary sessions, presentations, panel discussions, knowledge café, keynote lectures, professional capacity development workshop, and networking opportunities. It will provide an opportunity for an estimated 300 participants to address fundamental questions such as:
What is the role of evaluation in facilitating the achievement of Africa's transformation agenda?
In what ways do evaluations contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2063 across sectors and thematic areas?
How can evaluations help African States leverage on knowledge from implementation of priority programs?
What does Evaluation Week 2018 hope to achieve?
Increased appreciation of evaluation as a critical means to effective follow up and review progress toward achievement of Agenda 2063.
Increased awareness of the role of evaluation in facilitating achievement of Africa's transformation agenda.
Greater understanding of the strategies that can help African States leverage on knowledge from implementation of priority programs to improving design and implementation of future development programs.
Increased awareness of the opportunities that exist for innovative and dynamic development of evaluation in Africa including strategic partnerships.