The 4th AfDB Development Evaluation Week will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on October 30 and 31, 2014 as part of the celebration of 50 years of development work by the African Development Bank (AfDB). It will take the form of a two-day Evaluation Forum on the theme of "AfDB: Building African Nations: Lessons from 50 years of financing development"

Areas of focus

Leadership, governance and accountability; Economic development, focusing on infrastructure development (in particular roads, transport, and energy) and private sector development; Human and social development (focusing on gender equality), and inclusive development. These are some of the key areas the AfDB is focusing on in its Ten Year Strategy to “get the Africa we want in the next 50 years” – as so aptly put by AfDB President Donald Kaberuka.

The two-day knowledge-sharing event will offer participants opportunities to examine the successes and failures of 50 years of development work — through an evaluation lens. Discussions and talks will draw on lessons learned from evaluations of the interventions of the AfDB and its development partners and practitioners.

Three Awards

A special feature of Evaluation Week will be to confer three awards that recognize effective performances in design, implementation, or monitoring and evaluation (M&E) that have contributed to positive development outcomes that advance the nation-building agenda. Awards will be given for:

  • Best quality project completion reporting
  • Best quality M&E design
  • Best evaluation essay on building African Nations. Lessons from the last 50 years and the way forward

Target Audience

The target audience for this event and the speakers, panelists and discussants will comprise AfDB staff and senior management (both at HQ and in field offices); influential current and former leaders, development practitioners, evaluators, and decision-makers; AfDB member countries; donors and multilateral development banks, as well as industry, civil society, academia and non-governmental organizations.

Event overview

The event will last two days and will comprise the following:

  • Launching of Evaluation Week by the AfDB President
  • Keynote addresses by high-level development practitioners on such topics as the need for visionary leadership; and candid assessments of development achievements, challenges, and opportunities  
  • Moderated panel discussions on topics critical for building African states (leadership for development, governance and accountability, infrastructure development, private sector development, regional economic integration, structural transformation, and gender)
  • Evaluation capacity building sessions (Evaluation 101 Series)
  • Lunchtime talks on such topics as Value for money in development work and Creativity and innovation for organizational and development effectiveness in tough times
  • Knowledge fair, including the launch of flagship evaluation reports such as the independent evaluation of the Bank’s assistance in the transport sector
  • OPEV awards for Best Project Completion Reporting, and Best Monitoring and Evaluation Design; and
  • Networking opportunities   

Key characteristics of the event

  • Innovative thinking. The ultimate goal is to learn from past experiences and approaches to determine future directions. Emphasis will be on innovative ideas: proposing new solutions to old problems.
  • Telling all sides of the story. Given the interconnectedness of development work, an attempt will be made to ensure that key stakeholders are present. Viewpoints will include those of academics, multilateral development banks and other donor agencies, AfDB RMCs, civil society, NGOs, beneficiaries, youth and women. This will ensure that all sides of the story are told.
  • Diverse participation. Attendees will include participants from the AfDB and multilateral institutions (World Bank, Asian Development Bank), other development organizations, industry, civil society, and both recipient and donor governments.
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