Evaluation is not widespread in Africa, particularly evaluations instigated by governments rather than donors. However since 2007 an important policy experiment is emerging in South Africa, Benin and Uganda, which have all implemented national evaluation systems. These three countries, along with the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) Anglophone Africa and the African Development Bank, are partners in a pioneering African partnership called Twende Mbele, funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Hewlett Foundation, aiming to jointly strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and work with other countries to develop M&E capacity and share experiences.
Civic collaboration is in motion, just as the systems that govern responses to the complexity of global ‘grand challenges’ are perpetually in motion. On February 6, 2018, the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results – Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) hosted a workshop, funded by the Twende Mbele project, to determine what collaborative space potentially exists between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Government for strengthening of the National Evaluation System (NES) in South Africa. This workshop constituted one of a series of interventions, held in Benin and Uganda in 2017. A wide range of thought leaders in the South African (SA) Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) space contributed immensely to discussions centred on the entrenched epistemologies in the field of M&E. Central to these discussions was the critical question of what space there is, for ‘epistemological jailbreak 1 ’ in the way that practitioners think about Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Clearly we are living in a time of unprecedented opportunity for CSOs and government to drive results-based development agendas to achieve sustainable change. In particular, the accelerating emergence of CSOs in areas that are central to the progressive realisation of countries’ national agendas, are a lodestar pointing to the fact that the relationship between government and CSOs can in fact run far deeper, at a systems level.
By Susan Lado
As a follow-up from the CLEAR Global forum seminar held on 23 October 2017, moderated by Ms Iman Rappetti of PowerFM, the panelists – Prof. Adam Habib, Mr Dugan Fraser, Mr Barry Gilder and Ms Fatima Shabodien were invited to a radio interview discussion on “Post Truth Decision Making in SA.” on 26 October. Click here to listen to the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/powerfm987/panel-discussion-post-truth-decision-making-in-sa?in=powerfm987/sets/power-talk
CLEAR–AA recently published their first annual report since the centre came into existence in 2011. To browse through the annual report and read more about CLEAR-AA’s programmes in 2016 click here Clear AA A_R 2016
CLEAR-AA contributed several interesting articles to the latest edition of the African Evaluation Journal. Click here to view articles in full text http://www.aejonline.org/index.php/aej/announcement