Since the 5th biennial SAMEA Conference in October 2015, the national environment has been characterised by government advocating for the National Development Plan, which is aligned to international Sustainable Development Goals, as a key driver of radical social and economic transformation.

There is also a growing demand for evaluations by different sectors for various purposes. Key state institutions and development partners intend to use evaluation evidence to measure development results. Non-governmental organisations and civil society groups have raised citizens’ awareness to actively participate in the evaluation process and to use evaluation evidence for accountability. Private sector institutions see the benefits of using evaluations to measure value for money of their corporate social investments. Higher education institutions have responded by offering a wide range of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) qualifications.

These developments have necessitated the need for more purpose driven evaluations which will contribute to programmes that impact positively on the lives of people. International and domestic debates on the need for better quality and rigour of evaluation work, clear frameworks for evaluator competence, evaluation standards and more advocacy for the use of evaluation evidence for informed decision making abound.



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