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AfrEA: Promoting African-rooted Evaluation

Theories and Practices

African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) is a non-profit umbrella organisation of national monitoring and evaluation associations and networks operating in Africa, as well as a leading source of quality evaluation methodologies essential for individual evaluators in countries where bodies do not exist.

AfrEA: Empowering African Evaluators...Empowering Africa

Despite the existence of a few national evaluation networks in Africa, evaluation capacity-building efforts were mostly driven by international development organisations.  African evaluators operated in an isolated context, often unable to mobilise necessary resources and capacities crucial to facilitate effective up-scaling of evaluation practices within countries.

Consequently, African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) was founded in 1999, in response to Africa’s growing appeal for advocacy , information sharing and advanced capacity building in evaluation. The organisation’s chief  focus was to counter  limited evaluation opportunities by building strategic bridges for African evaluators to connect, network and share experiences with other international partners to develop a strong African evaluation community. Its objectives, as articulated by the founding members are:

Supporting evaluations that contribute to real and sustained development in Africa

Promoting Africa-rooted and Africa-led evaluation through sharing African evaluation perspectives

Encouraging the development and documentation of high quality evaluation practice and theory

Supporting the establishment and growth of national evaluation associations and special evaluation interest groups.

Facilitating capacity building, networking and sharing of evaluation theories, techniques and tools among evaluators, policymakers, researchers and development specialists.

With the main aim of building evaluation capacity in Africa; AfrEA focuses on sharing knowledge and sustaining evaluation communities as cornerstones for the continent’s development. AfrEA strongly believes that developing a substantial African evaluation community comprised of national networks working closely with interested regional and international partners is the key to eradicate Africa’s widespread poverty, social and political exclusion, as well as the marginalization of African people.


Made in Africa Evaluation

The concept seeks to identify and develop a uniquely African approach to evaluation. It emphasizes that context, culture, history and beliefs shape the nature of evaluations, specifically in the diverse, often-complex African reality. AfrEA's objective is to promote and adapt to an African evaluation framework – an approach initiated from inside the continent, and overwhelming supported from outside Africa. The Made in Africa concept will continuously enjoy prominence in the next two years, leading towards the 8th AfrEA Conference. We are working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the initiative and institutionalize processes in AfrEA.

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Capacity Development opportunity: United Nations Learning Exchange Internship: Read more

Opportunity for researchers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar- Jan-Feb 2015:

There is a short assignment for researchers to support an evaluation in the area of capacity strengthening in disaster risk reduction. View more details here : Read more

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Upcoming Events:

Promoting Girls' Education in Benin : Read more

Building M&E Capacity in Africa - Clear

CLEAR-AA responds to the increasing demand for M&E evidence within African states: Read more

SEMINAR- CLEAR FRANCOPHONE : Séminaire de suivi et éval uation axés sur les résulta ts de l’initiative CLEAR

CLEAR Francophone is organizing a seminar in collaboration with 2iE based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as a follow up to strengthen the expertise of evaluation practitioners. The meeting is slated for December 08-19, 2014. View detailed programme here : Read more

IV ReLAC Conference, March 2015

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Annual Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society :

Annual Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Montréal, Québec, May 25-27 2015


Global Evaluation Week, hosted at the Parliament of Nepal,30 November – 4 December 2015

EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation systems, in partnership with Parliamentarian Forum for Development Evaluation, Community of Evaluators South Asia, IOCE and UN Women, is pleased to announce the Global Evaluation Week to commemorate the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) and to launch the 2016-2020 Global evaluation agenda. : Read more