Policymakers around the world have long grappled with interrelated threats of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and fragility. They now find themselves navigating the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, facing challenging policy choices. The crisis could drive up extreme global poverty and its derailing the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. These unprecedented times call for stronger monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and capacities to help governments find out what works and for whom to reach the furthest behind as they move toward their national development goals. We believe the time is now! Evidence from monitoring and evaluation can be a powerful compass for the future, to shape well-targeted public policies, course correct, and ultimately deliver better outcomes. Strengthening capacities to generate and use evaluative evidence for more effective policies is at the heart of a new partnership- the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI).
Convened by the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme, and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, the GEI brings together a broad range of national governments, international and regional organizations, and civil society groups to form an inclusive and global partnership for a coordinated response to the demand for monitoring and evaluation systems and capacity development around the world. The GEI is committed to developing country-owned, sustainable M&E frameworks and capacities to promote the use of evidence in public decision-making, enhance accountability, and achieve better results.
DEVEX OP-ED | WHY EVALUATION IS KEY TO REBUILDING BETTER AND ACHIEVING THE 2030 AGENDA
As of 2019, only 35% of all governments have the data and systems needed to monitor the implementation of their national strategies and evaluate their impact. An extensive body of M&E knowledge already exists, but it is scattered among a myriad of organizations and often hard to access. This points to a global gap in monitoring and system systems and capacities that leaves many countries at a disadvantage in the face of the current combination of threats, and at ever greater risk of being left behind. In this new op-ed featured on DEVEX, Oscar A. Garcia (Director, IEO UNDP), Alison Evans (Director, IEG World Bank Group) and Hon. Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei (Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Republic of Ghana) explore the role of evaluation for rebuilding better and achieving the 2030 Agenda. Developing a critical mass of knowledge, resources, and technical skills to close the M&E gaps will require sustained efforts across the world and the op-ed reveals how GEI aims to accomplish this ambitious goal.
THE GEI KICKS OFF AT THE AFRICA INDABA EVALUATION FESTIVAL
Addressing the global M&E gap requires global coordination. We are kicking off the launch of GEI in Africa at the Indaba Evaluation Festival. We invite you to the first of a series of events to introduce GEI on November 18 at 6:30 a.m. EST. The 90-minute virtual event will feature 3 separate moderated discussions focused on the GEI, the challenges facing monitoring and evaluation development in Africa, and the potential role for broad partnerships in overcoming them. Join us on this momentous occasion as the event will be live-streamed here.
WHAT IS THE GEI?
Watch this short video to learn more about what the GEI is, and how it aims to support countries to close the monitoring and evaluation gaps globally and chart a course to reach the Sustainable Development Goals together. Visit the GEI website | Follow GEI on Twitter & LinkedIn Join the conversation using #CloseTheMandEGap | Sign up for GEI updates