Evaluation for Africa – A young evaluator’s wish

Janvier Ndagijimana is Assistant Coordinator in Design, Monitoring and Evaluation at Search for Common Ground in Bujumbura, Burundi.
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Evaluation is important for our continent. Many things prompted me to take an interest in a career in evaluation. After my university studies, I enjoyed being involved in project and program management. This experience showed me that projects are frequently ... Read more »

Realist Evaluation for Impact Evaluation in South Africa

Nombeko Mbava is a PhD Student at Stellenbosch University with a strong research interest in programme impact evaluation methodologies.
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Monitoring and evaluation of government performance and programmes have become less of a haphazard knee-jerk reaction, a nice-to-have or an afterthought, and more of a deliberate, systematic and planned process. This is primarily because taxpayers are increasingly vocal, demanding that ... Read more »

Evaluation and the forbidden truth – Part 2

Dr Backson Sibanda is an Independent Evaluation Consultant and CEO of BACTHA CONSULTING.
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Walking the talk Evaluation has become an integral part of programme and project design, implementation and management. This is a great achievement by those “slaving” courageous evaluators. Evaluators have become bolder and more scientific and evidence based in their search ... Read more »

Encouraging Evaluators to have Multiple Perspectives

Benita Williams is the principal consultant at a small evaluation consultancy based in Pretoria, South Africa, a founding board member of SAMEA and a former board member of AfrEA.
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I’ve worked as an evaluation consultant since the start of my professional career, doing the things an evaluation consultant does: Write proposals, do evaluation work and rejoice when the reams of transformed white paper that I produce actually results in ... Read more »

Uses and abuses of Per Diems in Africa: An issue for Evaluators?

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).
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My new book makes a compelling case on the devastating nature of per diem – i.e., daily allowance – systems in Africa. It supports the view that the per diem allowance system has become perverted and is now working against ... Read more »

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

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 »