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Evaluation Week 5-7 September | 2018 Strengthening development impact


About Evaluation Week 2018

The ambitious African transformation agenda cannot be achieved without effective monitoring and evaluation at the national, regional and continental levels. Monitoring and evaluation are also important sources of evidence and learning, about what has worked, what has not, and why. These lessons, if properly taken into account and integrated into new policies, strategies, projects and processes, will help to improve the quality of design and implementation, and make interventions more effective, efficient and sustainable.

From 5 to 7 September 2018 the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank (AfDB) organized its biennial Evaluation Week at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Strengthening Development Impact was the selected theme for this edition of AfDB Development Evaluation Week. The three-day knowledge event aimed to enable discussion and exchange among evaluators, development experts and practitioners, and civil society on the crucial role of evaluation in facilitating the achievement of Africa’s transformation agenda.

More than 450 participants and 30 experts from all over the world took part in this global learning event, which was organized around 4 plenary sessions, a knowledge café on evaluation for better operations at AfDB, a professional development workshop on gender and evaluation, and a discussion session on the evaluation criteria of the  Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/DAC).

Many developing countries on the path to transformation still struggle with the ability to develop measurable indicators, objectives and outcomes that remain relevant and efficient. Central to the ability to successfully drive the transformation of African countries, is effective monitoring and evaluation tools that give governments the opportunity to learn from their successes and failures.

Evaluation Week 2018 contributed by exploring effective strategies and solutions for increasing the use and demand for evaluation by all Agenda 2063 stakeholders.

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Conference Documents 

·         Evaluation Week 2018 General Proceedings

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Knowledge Café Summary

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Speeches and Remarks

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Presentations

·         Evaluation Week 2018 program  

·         Evaluation Week 2018 concept note


Evaluation Week 2018 Featured Evaluations and Knowledge products 

·         IDEV evaluation of the Bank’s utilization of the Public Private Partnership Mechanism, 2006 – 2016

·         IDEV evaluation synthesis “Towards Private Sector Led Growth: Lessons of Experience”

·         IDEV thematic evaluation of the Bank’s Support for Agricultural Value Chains Development: Lessons for the Feed Africa Strategy

·         IDEV project cluster evaluation of nine Bank Agricultural Value Chain Development projects

·         ECG reference document: Integrating Gender into Project Level Evaluation

·         Evaluation Matters March 2014: Gender Inequality and You

·         Evaluation Matters 2018 Quarter 1: Building the Supply and Demand for Evaluation Vol 1

·         Evaluation Matters 2018 Quarter 2: Building the Supply and Demand for Evaluation Vol 2

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Handout Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development in Africa

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Handout Inclusion through Agriculture

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Handout Partnerships for impact in Africa


Participants Documents

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Logistical Note  

Media Resources

·         Evaluation Week 2018 Press Kit  


More than 450 development experts and practitioners, evaluators, policy- and decision-makers, representatives of the private sector, civil society and the media attended Evaluation Week 2018. Some of the Evaluation Week 2018 speakers and panelists included:

Pierre Guislain

Pierre Guislain

Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization

African Development Bank Group


H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 

South Africa


Hon. Imbassou Ouattara

Member of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE)


Caroline Heider

Director-General and Senior Vice President, Independent Evaluation Group

World Bank Group

Dr Laila Smith

Dr. Laila Smith


Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa (CLEAR AA)


Youssouf N’djore

Director, Social Development

World Cocoa, Foundation

The full list of speakers and panelists is accessible here


Evaluation Week 2018 took place at the African Development Bank Headquarters in the Plateau Business district of Abidjan.

Evaluation Week 2018 Photos

Knowledge Cafe: Evaluations for Greater Impact in Bank Operations

Evaluation Week 2018- Knowledge Cafe


Professional Development Workshop: Gender and Evaluations

Evaluation Week 2018- Gender Workshop


Day 2: Opening Ceremony

Evaluation Week 2018- Opening Ceremony


Day 2: Discussion: Are we learning?

Evaluation Week 2018- Thematic discussion : Are we learning?


Day 2: Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development in Africa

Evaluation Week 2018- Day 2 PPP for Infrastructure Development in Africa


Day 3: Inclusion through Agriculture

Evaluation Week 2018- Day 3 Inclusion through Agriculture


Day 3: Partnerships for Impact in Africa

Evaluation 2018- Day 3 Partnerships for Impact in Africa


Evaluation Week 2018 Videos


Day 2

Evaluation Week 2018 Opening Session 

Discussion: Are we learning? 

Discussion: Bringing down the barriers for PPP

Discussion: From lessons learned to action



Day 3

Discussion I: Challenges and opportunities for agricultural value chains in Africa

Discussion II Towards inclusive value chain development

Panel: Partnerships to advance supply, demand and use of evaluations

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