The African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), the Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation (NONIE) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have joined forces to bring to Africa some of the best expertise from all continents on one of the most discussed topics among evaluation and development communities worldwide.

The conference defines impact evaluations as those studies which concern themselves with determining and understanding the short, medium and long term outcomes or impacts of projects, programs and policies. The term is not limited to any specific methodology in any particular discipline.

The Conference will be international but will also provide an opportunity for Africans to come together to examine the frameworks, methods and tools that guide impact evaluation practice. This is in line with the statement released at the Fourth AfrEA Conference in Niamey (2007), which urged stakeholders to ensure that the foundations for Africa-rooted and Africa-led evaluation are strengthened by focusing on African values and ways of constructing knowledge.

Participants will come from many disciplines, sectors and perspectives to make this a truly ‘multi-stakeholder’ event. They will share practical experiences, discuss innovations, craft new ways to collaborate and devise plans to improve policy and practice.

A call for submissions for participation is now open for everyone with a keen interest in how evaluation can address complex development challenges – from development practitioners to policy-makers, from researchers to the funders of evaluation and of development, from evaluators to the users of evaluation, from students to the most experienced. The closing date for proposals is 15 December 2008. They should be sent to contributions@impactevaluation2009.org.

For further information on the conference, click here – afrea-nonie-3ie-impact-evaluation-conference-invitation1

If you are a national of a developing country (low or middle income country as given by the World Bank list  you may be eligible to receive a bursary to cover the costs of your participation in the conference. This bursary will cover economy airfare, visa and ground transportation, hotel, and conference fee).  Preference is given to those actively engaged in impact evaluation, and who have submitted a contribution to the conference. Applicants are expected to attend the conference, and a full program of professional development workshops. For the application form, click here: bursary-application-cairo-conference

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