AfDB VP, Aloysius Ordu, Chairs Panel Discussion on Evaluation
On October 29, 2010, AfDB Vice President, Country and Regional Programmes and Policy, Mr. Aloysius Ordu, chaired a well-attended panel discussion on Evaluation as a Driver of Economic Recovery and Long-Term Growth: Patterns and Directions in Africa.
The panel discussion was hosted by the Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV) of the AfDB during the African Economic Conference 2010, which took place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 27 to 29 October, 2010.
The objective of the panel was to discuss the links between evaluation and economic development to build a shared understanding of evaluation and why it matters for economic recovery in Africa. Four panelists discussed the current context as well as theoretical and empirical evaluation results, and drew conclusions for strengthening the role of evaluation in economic development in Africa.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Ordu asked participants: “During the last two decades, have donors, in particular multilateral development banks, used lessons learned from evaluations of their operations to improve Africa’s performance?”
Also speaking during the event, Mr. Colin Kirk, Director of OPEV reiterated that “…it is critical to understand what has happened in the past if we are to find a way forward that will succeed. As the philosopher has it, “Those who do not learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them”. His key message to participants “Evaluation evidence can help African leaders and decision-makers to make a difference; but this is not happening because evidence is scarce and relevant evaluation and policy research is in short supply.“