About Us

Who We Are

CLEAR is a global initiative aimed at strengthening developing countries’ capacities in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance management (PM) to support a focus on results and evidence-based decision-making. The initiative was established in January 2011, and the Anglophone Africa Center (CLEAR-AA) began in 2012.

CLEAR-AA is one of six regional centers that form part of the CLEAR Global initiative. It forms part of the Wits School of Governance in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The initiative is being supported by the African Development Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the World Bank Group. The secretariat is housed in the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group.

CLEAR-AA responds to increasing government and civil society demands for practical and applied M&E and PM capacity-building and to the current limited availability of relevant services in many developing countries in the region. We respond to this situation with two key components: (1) develop and provide high-quality, applied, and cost-effective in-region capacity building programs; and (2) global learning to produce innovative materials and enable practical knowledge-sharing on M&E and PM.


CLEAR-AA works to develop and promote the use of evaluation in evidence based policy making to accelerate equitable development across Anglophone Africa.


CLEAR-AA works to develop and promote the use of evaluation in evidence based policy making to promote development across Anglophone Africa. We believe that a strong grounding in the local context, and a learning-through-practice approach, will drive indigenization and innovation in the field of evaluation. We work to support systems of evaluation across the region by strengthening supply of and demand for evaluation simultaneously. We draw on global and regional best practices, and generate knowledge that contributes to a community of scholars and practitioners.

Our work focuses on building collaboration, technical expertise, innovation and learning in the following four areas;

  1. Strengthening Legislative Oversight
  2. Deepening Democracy
  3. Building National Evaluation Systems
  4. Strengthening Development Impact Through Enhancing Private Sector M&E Practice