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The Crucial Role of Independent Evaluation
On Monday, 3 December, 2012, the AfDB Evaluation Week was launched by Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President; His Excellency Tertius Zongo, Former Prime Minster of Burkina Faso; Executive Director, Samy Zaghloul, Chair of the Bank’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE); and Rakesh Nangia, the Director of the Operations Evaluation Department.
President Kaberuka stressed the importance of independent evaluation, for evidence-based policy making, for accountability and also crucially for knowledge and learning. H.E. Zongo emphasized how crucial evaluation is for improving development effectiveness. The CODE Chair and the President also stressed how important it will be to strengthen OPEV and its resources, going forward.
A distinguished panel – comprising Donald Kaberuka (AfDB President), Caroline Heider (World Bank), Rajat Nag (Asian Development Bank), Shehu Yahaya (ED AfDB), Mustapha Nabli (Former Governor of Tunisian Central Bank) – spoke about key challenges and opportunities faced in evaluation, in a Davos-style discussion moderated by Jim Adams (former World Bank Vice-President). Issues covered in this lively discussion included:
Lunch and Book Launch: Multilateral Banks and the Development Process: Vital Links in the Results Chain
This book review session for the 2012 Evaluation Week took place at the Novotel in Tunis on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
The session was chaired by Moegamat Khan, the AfDB Executive Director representing South Africa. The following distinguished panelists commented on the book:
Valerie Reppelin-Hill, who serves as an adviser in the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB); Annette Brown, the Deputy Director, Advancement and Impact Evaluation Services, and Head of the Washington, D.C. office of 3ie; Alejandro Soriano, a Principal Evaluation Officer with the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development (IDB); and Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, the Director of the Research Department of the African Development Bank.
The book underscores that connecting the dots can achieve better results. Achieving better development results is a complex but constant goal of independent evaluation. Many lessons have been learned in decades of evaluation of Multilateral Development Banks’ support to developing countries. But one in particular is assuming increasing importance for achieving more effective development outcomes. A wealth of evaluative evidence points to the crucial role that result-chain links play in the patterns of development, and how building synergies into project and program designs across sectors and players and times can magnify development outcomes. These result-chain links broadly fall into three categories:
Seeking development interactions across sectors, such as health, education, sanitation and roads, can markedly improve country outcomes. Here, development partners and governments pool resources to support integrated development in project designs to multiply their effectiveness. Unfortunately, the value of coordination and collaboration across sectors and among partners remains a weak and under-recognized link in the development process.
In other words, immediate objectives in project designs should also connect to more lasting development outcomes. The impact natural calamities have on perpetuating poverty and undermining hard-earned development gains vividly illustrates the value of vertical links.
Conclusion: Dealing with them requires cross-cutting approaches, although investments clearly do not need to cover all aspects, nor can one agency do it all. But it is important to connect the dots; first in planning processes, then ensuring they stay connected during implementation through provisions for monitoring evolving outcomes. Deepening our understanding of how these three links (horizontal, vertical and time-based) can achieve wider and more lasting development results is among our most imperative knowledge goals, according to the authors of the book.
Other Activities on Day One: