Note change of date: The AfrEA conference is now in September. Further draft conference information available here
From the concept note:
The proposed conference theme “Evaluation That Leaves No One Behind: Empowering Progress Towards the Africa We Want” invites evaluation practitioners, commissioners and potential users to explore and reflect on:
• Importance of giving voice to stakeholders who have less social economic power;
• Importance of embracing indigenous ways of knowing and use of culturally appropriate evaluation theories, methodologies and instruments (Made in Africa Evaluation); 3 Agenda 2063. Background Note 1. AFREA 7
• Importance of maintaining the dialogue between evaluation practitioners and a broad range of stakeholders who are potential users of evaluation results, who can contribute towards enabling environment for evaluation and generation of data that can be used for evaluation. These stakeholders could include members of parliaments, other oversight bodies, grass root beneficiaries, representatives of executive power, monitoring specialists, philanthropists, members of the academia, impact investors etc;
• Importance of opening access to young and new evaluation professionals by investing more in the young emerging African evaluators and point of intervention being at the level of training, mentoring and networking.
• Importance of recognizing and embracing the diversity of African evaluation communities and integration of these communities across language barriers.
• Importance of analyzing and utilizing big data to segregate information hence reveal how each stakeholder group especially the marginalized and most vulnerable ones like women, children, disabled, those in war zones and hazardous environment are brought to the attention of the policy makers and socio economic programmers as no one should be left behind.
• Bring to the fore, the importance of greater donor coordination and harmonization towards national evaluation systems based on a well-defined vision of Evaluation “made in Africa and made for Africa”.
• The importance of evaluators to prepare for the future, tapping into new resources and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.