The AfrEA membership cuts across all spheres of the development community. Members are practitioners ranging from donors to academia, government officers, consultants, CSO and NGO staff. One of AfrEA’s main goals is to build the capacity of its members. In addition AfrEA seeks to raise the profile of evaluators and make evaluation an integral part of all national development in Africa while entrenching evaluation that is rooted in the culture and context of Africa. This goal can be met with the institutionalization of evaluation training on the continent. AfrEA has already developed guidelines on evaluation which will be a foundation to be built on.
Over the years, a number of AfrEA partners such as Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), UNICEF, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), EvalPartnerts, etc. have implemented capacity building programs for evaluators on the continent. However, these have not been far reaching. The AfrEA School of Evaluation harnesses all the available resources across the continent within its membership and partnership to ensure that evaluators on the continent have access to the pool of knowledge and skills on the continent. The AfrEA School of Evaluation also focuses on evaluation practice rooted in the African culture, context and practice to enable practitioners to identify with the new trends applicable to their individual context, countries and practice.
In addition, it is increasingly becoming obvious that a number of the capacity building efforts are geared towards general evaluation practice. As members grow in experience, it is imperative that specialized evaluation skills are introduced to African practitioners. Increasingly, development partners and governments are seeking for specialized practitioners in areas like education, health, humanitarian, gender and SDGs evaluation. These sectors all demand and expect of practitioners to increase their knowledge in their various sectors to be able to apply the evaluation techniques and methodology. These sectors while utilizing the general evaluation methods are increasingly applying new trends suited to current research in generating program outcomes and outputs. Moreover, donors and governments have peaked interest in accountability for results and return on investment in development. The School of Evaluation