The events scheduled during Evaluation Week will encourage participants to critically examine how Africa has fared in key development areas that contribute to nation-building – leadership, governance and accountability, infrastructure, private sector development, structural transformation, and inclusive development – focusing on gender and financial inclusiveness. Participants are expected to share explore what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve it; they are also expected to share lessons and best practices while proposing innovative solutions to challenges that have stymied the growth and development of African nations during the past 50 years. With participants expected from all over the world, Evaluation Week will bring together different perspectives and foster conversations about both successes and failures. Questions to answer include:

  • What lessons have we learned from the past?
  • What innovative solutions do we need to get the Africa we want in the next 50 years?
  • What needs to be done on the leadership front?
  • How do we foster inclusive economic development, infrastructure development, private sector development, and inclusive growth?
  • What evidence-based lessons from past development actions and approaches can inform our future directions, and how?

Other objectives include

  • Bridging the gap from theory to practice: How can lessons learned inform future policy decisions and help improve the design, implementation, and M&E of development projects/programs in the key areas of focus?
  • Raise awareness about evaluation work and demonstrate how it contributes to the effectiveness of development institutions.
  • Building evaluation capacity through the Evaluation 101 series.
  • Strengthening relations with partners and create opportunities for connections and networking around evaluation issues.