Development Projects Evaluation in Africa: Key decision-makers meet in Tunis to improve aid efficiency processes

04/04/2005
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This High-Level Seminar is organized by the Joint Africa Institute (JAI), in partnership with the Operations Evaluation Departments (OPEV) from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, as well as the Public Service Commission of South Africa.

This ground breaking event includes leading experts on development evaluation and senior executives from 25 African countries, regional economic institutions, and multilateral development agencies. Organizations in attendance include UNDP, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Economic Community of West African States and Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie.

The expected outcome of the first high-level regional development evaluation event on the continent is for senior executives and key decision-makers of development interventions in Africa to become fully conversant with the approaches, methodologies and best practices in development evaluation. Delegates in attendance will discuss conceptual issues related to results-based management, the successful conduct of evaluations, logic models, types of evaluations, design options, data collection, analysis and reporting of evaluation findings to policy makers. Key speakers at the event will include Ms. Linda Morra-Imas, Chief Evaluation Officer, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Ray Rist, Senior Evaluation Officer, World Bank; and Commissioner Mxakato-Diseko of the Public Service Commission of South Africa.

In his welcome remarks during the opening ceremony, Mr. Michael Bauer, Director of the Joint Africa Institute, emphasized "the need for a harmonized approach to monitoring and evaluation in Africa" Mr. Bauer also noted the need to take the specific circumstances of the country into account, underlying that "the Joint Africa Institute would be pleased to provide support in this direction." The closing ceremony of this week-long event will be held on Friday April 8, 2005.

The Joint Africa Institute (JAI) was established in April 1999 by the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to enhance economic and financial training opportunities in Africa. The JAI offers policy-related training primarily to African government and central bank officials, and offers courses to representatives of the private sector, civil society, academics, researchers, and other participants from the continent.

Media contact:

Sabrina Hadjadj Aoul– Tel: +216 71 10 36 98 – E-mail: s.hadjadjaoul@afdb.org