AfDB and Multilateral Partners launch Arabic version of Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management

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Tunis, April 23rd, 2008–The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are today launching in Tunis the Arabic Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management.

The launch of this Glossary takes place during a workshop on Evaluation and Public-Private Partnerships hosted by the Operations Evaluation Department of the AfDB, held in Tunis from 21 to 25 April, gathering Multilateral Development Banks and other organizations.

Evaluation is a field where development partners work closely together and need to use a common technical vocabulary, the meaning of which is clear to all practitioners despite their differing linguistic backgrounds. Accordingly, the OECD Network on Development Evaluation has developed a glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management to help to clarify concepts and to promote consistent use of common terms in these areas. The glossary was originally published in 2002 in English, French and Spanish and has since been made available in Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Kiswahili, Turkish and Swedish. It has been very widely used and is now a standard reference. The present publication now offers the glossary in Arabic, in a trilingual format with English and French.

The AfDB, the Islamic Development Bank and the OECD-Development Co-operation Directorate agreed to translate the glossary of key evaluation terms, concepts and definitions into Arabic. With the publication of this trilingual glossary, the three institutions hope to facilitate and improve dialogue and understanding among all those who are involved in development activities and their evaluation, whether in Arab partner countries, development agencies and banks, or non-governmental organizations working or interacting with the Arab world.

"The glossary is intended to serve as a convenient reference guide in evaluation training, in the preparation of evaluation guidelines and standards and in practical development work", said Mohamed H. Manaï, Chief Evaluator, Operations Evaluation Department, AfDB. "It will give evaluation experts, field staff and other partners working in Arabic a basis for helping them align their work with internationally agreed concepts. In this respect, the document is an important step towards enhancing harmonization and mutual understanding between Arabic development funds and institutions and other international development partners, and can be expected to promote and facilitate joint work."