National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Conference 2019

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Hurghada, Egypt

The GEF Independent Evaluation Office will participate in numerous workshops and sessions during the National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Conference organized by the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP and the Government of Egypt. The theme of the conference is "Leave No One Behind: Evaluation for 2030". The conference objectives are to:

  1. share lessons, innovations, experiences and perspectives in developing and strengthening national evaluation systems;
  2. enhance evaluation skills and understanding in the context of SDGs;
  3. foster existing and new partnerships to strengthen national evaluation systems.

October 21st Workshop: Introduction to Sustainability-Ready Evaluation

Introducing concepts, techniques and processes for evaluators to plan and conduct evaluations from a sustainability-ready perspective. The workshop will facilitate participants' understanding of sustainability as coupled human and natural systems, as well as how to introduce sustainability to theories of change and manage the politics that will arise. Participants also learned important differences between human and natural systems including temporal and spatial scales, social and natural science methods, and the importance of boundary spanning.

Facilitators: Andy Rowe (Founder, ARCeconomics) and Jeneen R. Garcia (Evaluation Officer, GEF IEO), with support from Kyoko Matsumoto (Senior Evaluation Officer, GEF IEO)

October 22nd Plenary: Leaving No One Behind: Evaluation for 2030

This session framed the key themes of the conference, beginning with a presentation of emerging findings of the forthcoming Human Development Report on inequalities, followed by a discussion of the implications for evaluation and ensuring that evaluations leave no one behind.

Moderator: Heather Bryant (Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP)
Presenter: Pedro Conceição, (UNDP)
Panellists: Ahmed Kamaly (Monitoring and Administrative Reform), Sukai Prom-Jackson (Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations), Juha Uitto (GEF Independent Evaluation Office) and Indran Naidoo (UNDP Independent Evaluation Office)

October 23rd Session: Transforming Evaluation: New ways of looking at what works in policy interventions: Using geospatial data in evaluation

Increasing availability of new types of data strengthens geospatial research in different scientific fields and creates opportunities to better measure results and evaluate the impacts of development interventions. During this panel three presenters will discuss how geospatial data can help target the poor and inform impact evaluations.

Moderator: Juha Uitto (GEF Independent Evaluation Office)
Speakers: Jozef Leonardus (Jos) Vaessen, (Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank), Jeneen Garcia (GEF Independent Evaluation Office) and Raphael Nawrotzki (DEval - German Institute for Development Evaluation)

Photo courtesy of UNDP IEO.



  • NEC 2019 Introduction to Sustainability-Redy Evaluation ( ): English6.25 MB
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