The African Peer Review Mechanism: Learning from an Indigenous African Evaluation Tool

Steven Gruzd

Steven Gruzd

Steven Gruzd is head of the Governance and APRM Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg.
Steven Gruzd
African countries seem to be forever undergoing assessments and evaluations. Many stem from the governments of international development partners who have poured money into a plethora of projects, programmes and plans, and want to know what has worked and why. ... Read more »

Where is the pride in our own knowledge systems?

Charles Dhewa

Charles Dhewa

Charles Dhewa is the Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd, a Zimbabwean-based Knowledge brokering firm which he founded in 2006.
Charles Dhewa

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The majority of rural African parents are convinced that their children can learn more useful things from their local community than from formal schools. Besides the tendency to look down upon local knowledge, the modern African formal education system still ... Read more »

Does evidence have a chance amidst the challenges of development?

Babette Rabie

Babette Rabie

Dr Babette Rabie is a senior lecturer at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and former Chairperson of the SAMEA Board.
Babette Rabie

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A fair amount has been written about the apparent gap between researchers and policy-makers when it comes to ‘evidence’ – including the evidence produced through monitoring and evaluation. See for example a related post by Ian Goldman, Fred Carden’s insightful ... Read more »

Yes, evaluation is in Africa: Progressive, growing and transformational

Indran Naidoo

Indran Naidoo

Dr Indran Naidoo is director of the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP and Vice-Chair of the UN Evaluation Group.
Indran Naidoo
  A democratic culture supports evaluation, as enabling factors such a transparency and accountability create a demand for evaluation. In the same manner, although difficult, the pursuit of evaluation in non-democratic cultures may help to introduce important elements of reflection, ... Read more »

Setting Standards for Evaluating Impact Investing: What Does Africa Want?

Edward Jackson

Edward Jackson

Ted Jackson is President of ET Jackson and Associates Ltd, and Senior Research Fellow at Carleton University.
Edward Jackson
Looking ahead to 2030, African evaluators may wish to boost their knowledge of finance and investment. Current estimates indicate that the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals will require investment capital of some $2.5 trillion annually for the next 15 years ... Read more »

Stretching boundaries of evaluation practice with PIALA in Ghana

Adinda Van Hemelrijck

Adinda Van Hemelrijck

Adinda van Hemelrijck works freelance in international development on design, evaluation and learning around impact.
Adinda Van Hemelrijck

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The PIALA Adventure: Setting out in Ghana September 2014. After having waited for several months for green light, I finally found myself almost impatiently queuing for boarding for what was my first flight to Ghana. Finally I would get this ... Read more »

My nine months of immersion in Participatory Impact Assessment & Learning (PIALA) in Africa

Glowen Kyei-Mensah

Glowen Kyei-Mensah is the Managing Director of Participatory Development Associates (PDA), based in Accra and Kumasi in Ghana.
Sitting across the table from two representatives of soon to be clients, I didn’t think that this evaluation would be much different from many others we had worked on over the years. I knew that it would involve many days ... Read more »