The proposed conference theme for 2022 is “Evaluation that leaves no-one behind: empowering progress towards the Africa we want amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the other crises and opportunities facing us”.
The 10th AfrEA conference hosted by the Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA, Harare-Zimbabwe), took place virtually from 14-18 March 2022 with online Professional Development Workshops on 14-15 March 2022.
Founded in 1999, the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), brings together evaluation practitioners and commissioners across the African continent.
The Board of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) is pleased to share with you a framework for organizing and implementing the 10th AfrEA Conference in 2022. This concept note was informed by consultations with the AfrEA Board, AfrEA Past Presidents, President and members of the Ethiopian Evaluation Association (EEvA), VOPE leaders and stakeholders, development partners especially UNICEF and review of relevant materials. The process of developing the concept note was undertaken by the AfrEA Board, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The conference shall be organized by AfrEA and hosted by the Ethiopian Evaluation Association (EEvA) in Ethiopia.
The AfrEA Constitution mandates the Board to organize the conference inclusive of the AGM to elect leaders in every two years. The due date for undertaking this activity is March 2022. Whereas conference preparations commenced in March 2020 with March 2022 as the slated date, this position had to be revised due to disruption in preparations and loss of valuable time caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and lock downs in most African countries. Following a Board resolution in December 2020, the conference shall be held in March 2022 to allow sufficient time for preparations. The COVID 19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) implemented in most African countries present new challenges and opportunities for holding a blended (physical and virtual interaction of participants) mode of conference delivery.
There are signs of growing African ownership of the evaluation practice. For the first time in the history of continental initiatives, Agenda 2063 includes a monitoring and evaluation component to ensure that the planned activities, outputs, outcomes are on track.
Several African countries, including South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana and Benin, have established national evaluation systems. Nigeria is an international pioneer in using evaluation to analyze its progress towards SDGs, and to guide corrective actions needed. The capacity of evaluation to inform legislative processes was recognized by members of African parliaments who formed the African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE).