The majority of blog posts are by Africans engaged in evaluation and its use – whether as practitioner, scholar, student, funder, policy-maker, government official, strategic advisor or manager.
The blog provides experienced specialists as well as young evaluators and graduate students with an opportunity to highlight their work.
We are very interested in contributions from African evaluators living abroad. We also warmly welcome anyone from other continents with interest and experience in evaluation in Africa.
Importantly, we seek to engage those outside the evaluation arena – development specialists, policy-makers, business executives, users of evaluation, and specialists from other disciplines and sectors – to share their perspectives on how their fields of work can (or do) contribute to evaluation in Africa, and vice versa.
Please feel free to contact us with your ideas for a contributing post (Details on the ‘Contact’ page of the blog).
Bloggers to date
Adinda Van Hemelrijck
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Adinda Van Hemelrijck works freelance on design, evaluation and learning around impact in collaborative settings in international development, while also pursuing a PhD at IDS on challenges of rigour in participatory impact evaluation. She led major impact evaluations and assisted partners in Africa, Asia and Central America with developing collective impact evaluation and learning systems using rights-based and participatory approaches.
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Aluwani is a South African Peace and Development Masters Student and Swedish Institute Scholar at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. She previously worked as an equity analyst covering the mining and non-mining resources at Macquarie Securities and Nedbank Capital. She holds a BBus Science degree in Finance and Statistics from the University of Cape Town.
Apollo M. Nkwake
E-mail address: A.Nkwake@cgiar.org
Dr Apollo M. Nkwake is senior manager for M&E at AWARD in Nairobi. He has served as research associate professor for M&E at Tulane University, and has worked for international agencies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and is a designated Credentialed Evaluator. He has written three books, and several peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
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Dr Babette Rabie is a senior lecturer at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and former Chair of the South African M&E Association (SAMEA) Board. She specialises in policy writing and public performance monitoring and policy and programme evaluation. She believes in fostering synergy between academic research and education and practical training programmes and consultation that furthers the application and refinement of academic knowledge.
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Dr Backson Sibanda is a change agent with 36 years’ work experience. He has spent 24 years advising and leading international organisations and governments to establish M&E institutions and systems. His experience spans four UN agencies, governments, NGOs as well as five academic institutions. He is recognized by many international agencies and donors for his expertise in strategic planning, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, and programme management.
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Benita Williams is the principal consultant at a small evaluation consultancy based in Pretoria, South Africa. She works mostly in the fields of education and ICT for development. She is a founding board member of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and a previous board member of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).
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Charles Dhewa is the Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd, a Zimbabwean-based Knowledge brokering firm which he founded in 2006. The first son of a smallholder farmer, Charles grew up with cow-dung between his toes. He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Information and Knowledge Management from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, among other qualifications. Some of his work can be followed here, here and here.
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Edward Jackson is President of E. T. Jackson and Associates Ltd., Senior Research Fellow at Carleton University, and Honorary Associate at the Institute of Development Studies. He has advised the Rockefeller Foundation, the CLEAR Centre for Anglophone Africa, and GIMPA, in South Africa and Ghana, on the design and piloting of an executive course on evaluating impact investing in Africa.
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Emeritus, extra-ordinary and adjunct professor in Public Management and Governance respectively at the Universities of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and the Cape University of Technology in Cape Town. Professional and research experience in the South African public sector and on all continents. Specialises in the improvement of public sector evaluation as integrated higher order policy management function. Former chair of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).
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Living in Ghana and working as the Managing Director of PDA, Glowen Wombo Kyei-Mensah has more than 12 years’ experience in development organisations in Africa including in rights based approaches and participatory methodologies, research, policy advocacy, sustainable livelihoods, participatory M&E, training and facilitation, and organisational development. She holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School and is a doctoral candidate of the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, UK.
Guy Blaise Nkamleu
E-mail address: B.Nkamleu@afdb.org
Dr Guy Blaise Nkamleu is a chief country economist at the African Development Bank, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ). He has authored several articles and books related to Africa’s development issues.
E-mail address: Ian@dpme.gov.za
Dr Ian Goldman has 37 years’ experience in rural development, decentralization, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development and action learning. He has worked across many different sectors in 18 countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America. As the current Deputy Director-General in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa, he is leading the establishment of a national evaluation system and DPME’s involvement in research. He is also a 3IE Commissioner.
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Dr Indran A. Naidoo is Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Prior, he held senior oversight positions in public offices in South Africa, including in the Public Service Commission. He is a former board member of SAMEA and IDEAS, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the UN Evaluation Group. Indran holds a PhD in evaluation from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
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Janvier Ndagijimana is a 27-year old Assistant Coordinator in Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) at Search for Common Ground in Bujumbura, Burundi. He was born in the province of Gitega in Burundi. After receiving his Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the University of Burundi, he worked for some time as an assistant consultant before joining Search for Common Ground in June 2015.
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Karim Harji is Director of Research at E. T. Jackson and Associates and Co-Founder and Director at Purpose Capital, an impact investing advisory firm. A Kenyan-Canadian, and senior instructor in the pilot executive course, he has published widely on impact investing and was a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force.
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Dr Mark Abrahams is a founder member and past Chairperson of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), and Editor-in-Chief of the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ). He works in South Africa in the field of Development Studies in Higher Education, evaluates development interventions as independent consultant, and assesses the quality of national evaluation studies for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency.
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Mokete is an Evaluation and Learning Specialist with the Jobs Fund at the South African National Treasury, where he is responsible for results-based measurement focused on employment and social security. A well-rounded development consultant, Mokete specializes in research and M&E. He has experience in both the private and public sector, having worked on local and international projects covering education, trade, economic development, health, social welfare, youth and the rural economy.
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Nombeko Mbava is a PhD Student at Stellenbosch University with a strong research interest in programme impact evaluation methodologies. She is a serving Board Member of the South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, and a Master in Business Management and Administration (MBA) degree with specialisation in Strategic Management Consulting from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
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Rendani is a South African Machine Learning Masters Student and Swedish Institute Scholar at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has previously served as Product Development Actuary at Barclays Africa and Actuarial Analyst at Discovery Health. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (FASSA) and Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA). He holds a BSc Honours in Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town.
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Prof. Richard Levin is Chairperson of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). He has played numerous leading roles in the South African Government since 1997, including as Director-General. He is currently Principal of the National School of Government and a visiting professor at two universities in South Africa.
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Steven Gruzd is head of the Governance and APRM Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg. He has been observing and writing about the APRM and related African governance issues since 2003. See here for his recent publications, including his new co-edited book African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t.