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AfrEA: Developing Evaluation Capacity to advance Africa

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.

AfrEA 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 Rockefeller Foundation and 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 approach, setting out the operational form and functions of the task teams in charge of executing activities.  (Learn more by downloading AfrEA’s 5-year strategic plan)