Capacity Africa Institute is pleased to announce the 2nd Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Symposium to be held in Nairobi Kenya. The theme for this year's symposium is: "The role of Monitoring and Evaluation in Development"
Despite the importance of monitoring and evaluation in social economic development in Africa, evaluation and capacity-building efforts have over the years being driven by international development organizations. Few national governments have a functional monitoring and evaluation units to assess developments results except those programmes funded by donors.
The field of monitoring and evaluation has however expanded due to the growing need to measure results in national development programmes. It has been noted that evaluation standards all over the world vary with programme and the expectations of the agency planning the evaluation exercise. There is a need therefore for local evaluators to connect, network and share professional experiences with other international partners to develop a strong global evaluation community. There is a also a need to promote high quality intellectual, ethical and professional standards in monitoring and evaluation, an increase in the use of theory and practice, as well as the development and adoption of methods and approaches suitable for the African and global context. Thus, contributing to a growing body of knowledge around evaluation theory, design and methods, as well as developing the capacities of evaluators, M/E Plan designing and methods for monitoring, evaluating and conveying development impact.
Developing a substantial African evaluation community comprised of national networks working closely with interested regional and international partners is the key to eradicate Africa's widespread poverty, social and political exclusion, as well as the marginalization of African people.
The objective of the three day symposium therefore is to:
- Understand why projects succeed or fail
- The challenges of project planning and project implementation that impact on monitoring and evaluation
- Support evaluations that contribute to real and sustained development in Africa
- To promote evaluation through sharing African evaluation perspectives
- To encourage the development and documentation of high quality evaluation practice and theory
- Support the establishment and growth of national evaluation professional associations and special evaluation interest groups.
- Facilitating capacity building, networking and sharing of evaluation theories, techniques and tools among evaluators, policymakers, researchers and development specialists.
- With the main aim of building evaluation capacity in Africa, to share knowledge and sustaining evaluation communities as cornerstones for the continental development.
- To discuss what kind of evidence is considered when making evaluative judgments about the allocation of scarce resources and the costs/benefits of interventions, as well as consider the power dynamics that determine what becomes of evaluation conclusions and recommendations
Symposium Organizer Capacity Africa Institute is an organization that was established in 1999 to promote quality capacity building among development professionals and communities in Africa. The organization currently runs training programmes in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and South Sudan training over 4000 development workers in the last fourteen years. We have collaborated very closely with Action Aid Kenya, Unicef Kenya Country Office, Undp Kenya, Unifem East Africa, Population Services International, World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Federation of Women Lawyers-FIDA, Amref, National Council for Population and Development, Nation Media Group ,Shell Kenya and Shell International, Path, Techno serve, One Love One World, National Aids Control Council, Center for British Teachers, JRS Sudan, Christian Mission Aid, Sudanese Red Cross, Mercy Corps International, Tear Fund, Oxfam GB, Haki Kazi, ADRA South Sudan Sector Programme among others.
Civil society representatives, policy makers, senior civil servants, development planners NGO leadership, and representatives of international development organizations, evaluation practitioners, M/E Consultants and academics who make up our core monitoring and evaluation community.
Thematic areas for discussion include
- Advocacy using MandE
- Creative and innovative applications of MandE
- Contribution analysis
- System complexity in evaluation
- Data visualization, presentation, reporting and communication
- Equity and gender mainstreaming
- Context and culture in evaluation ('Made in Africa' evaluations)
- The training and qualifications of evaluators
- Parliamentary and legislative/ policy making engagement with the evaluative function
- Executive acknowledgement and action on evaluations
- Evaluation and good governance
- Understanding evaluation demand
- Evidence and evidence-based decision-making
- Citizen-based monitoring and social audits Quasi-experimental and counter-factual designs
- Theory-based evaluation approaches
- Logical frameworks
- The use of case studies in evaluation
- Participatory evaluation approaches
- Managing data triangulation and synthesis
- Evaluator standards and competence
- Monitoring and Evaluating of the Sustainable Development Goals
- Evaluation ethics
- Internships and opportunities for new evaluators
- Quality improvement, quality assurance and quality assessment
Capacity Africa Institute therefore invites all MandE practitioners from the public, private and development spheres to:
- Submit paper, roundtable, poster and/or rapid presentation abstracts presenting MandE systems, processes and practices within the broad theme and sub-themes of the symposium;
- Submit a proposal for the symposium workshops on contemporary MandE paradigms, methods and tools, or scarce skills
- Register for the symposium to learn from international and local experts, including development planners and strategic leaders from across sectors including leading academics, evaluators, commissioning agents and more.