AfrEA: Developing Evaluation Capacity to advance Africa
AfrEA: Empowering African Evaluators…Empowering Africa
The 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.
AfrEA formally established itself as a non-profit umbrella organisation registered in Accra, Ghana in 2009 as a key, legitimate partner in African development, joining the efforts of governments and 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 support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development (SDC), AfrEA has drafted a five-year strategic plan identifying prospective partners while detailing its vision, mission and areas of work along with its values and governance structure. Its strategic plan also defines its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approach, setting out the operational form and functions of the task teams in charge of executing activities.