On 22 April 2021, the Eval4Action first sub-regional consultation was held in East and Southern Africa to support the development of the African evaluation community’s action plan towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultation was organized by the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), the young and emerging evaluators network of AfrEA, South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE), Réseau francophone de l'évaluation (RFE), CLEAR- Anglophone Africa and Twende Mbele.
The speakers at the event included Fazeela Hoosen (Co-chair, AfrEA YEE network), Dr. Kobena Hanson (African Development Bank), Dr. Nana Opare Djan (Twende Mbele), Prof. Ian Goldman (SAMEA), Hon. Paurina Mpariwa (Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe) and Mark Mulobi (young and emerging evaluator). The event included interactive sessions where participants had an opportunity to shape priorities to promote influential evaluation in the sub-region. The main priorities emerging from the consultation include:
Nurture and promote evaluation action for Made in Africa evaluations
Strengthen evaluation capacity especially among young and emerging evaluators
Institutionalize evaluation at the national level
This sub-regional consultation is a follow up to the Eval4Action pan African regional consultation held in December 2020. In addition, a second sub-regional consultation will be held in West and Central Africa on 27 May 2021. Together the priorities emerging from the sub-regional consultations will shape an African evaluation action plan for delivery of the SDGs by 2030.
Watch the sub-regional consultation recording here.