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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.  

Why Attend

300+ development experts and practitioners, evaluators, policy- and decision-makers, representatives of the private sector, civil society and the media.


Interactive discussions, keynote presentations, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions.


Connect with some of the foremost experts in development evaluation at an international evaluation network event.

AfDB Evaluation Week is a biennial international knowledge event targeted at African Development Bank shareholders, management and staff; government policy- and decision-makers; development partners; research and academic institutions; evaluation institutions and associations; civil society; the private sector; and the media.

This year, the conference will feature plenary sessions, presentations, panel discussions, a knowledge café, keynote lectures, a professional capacity development workshop, and networking opportunities. It will provide an opportunity for an estimated 300 participants to address fundamental questions such as:

  • • What is the role of evaluation in facilitating the achievement of Africa’s transformation agenda?
  • • In what ways do evaluations contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2063 across sectors and thematic areas?
  • • How can evaluations help African States leverage on knowledge from implementation of priority programs?

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.

Photos of Evaluation Week 2018

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?



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