Welcome to Evaluation for Development

Zenda OfirI am a South African scientist and full-time international evaluator. Although I work across the world, I concentrate on Africa and Asia, and deeply care about the development challenges facing the Global South. This blog is aimed at those of us who want to stay up to date with current issues and trends in evaluation across the world. I tend to focus on transformative change, development as complex adaptive system, and the evolution of societies and ecosystems in harmony with one another, and within planetary boundaries.
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DAC Evaluation Criteria 2.0. Part 7: Let these ideas die!

DAC Evaluation Criteria 2.0. Part 7: Let these ideas die!

The many discussions I have recently had about the effort that is now in place to get to DAC evaluation criteria 2.0 have prompted me to write a few more posts in this ...

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Evaluation for Transformation 1. Can we please get beyond ‘buzzwords’?

Evaluation for Transformation 1. Can we please get beyond ‘buzzwords’?

Can evaluation help enable and support transformative development? We know we need the latter. Yet like sustainability, transformation (or transformative change) and transformative development are these days frequently dismissed as ‘buzzwords’ (or even ...

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Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 3: ‘Africa-led’ evaluation

Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 3: ‘Africa-led’ evaluation

We need “Evaluation with African Characteristics” – in how we conceptualise evaluation and in how we lead and shape it in the interest of development on the continent. Instead of thinking about what ...

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Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 2: ‘Africa-rooted’ evaluation

Made in Africa Evaluation, Part 2: ‘Africa-rooted’ evaluation

What is Made in Africa Evaluation (MAE) – a term coined by the African Evaluation Association – or what some call Africa-centric Evaluation? It is simply evaluation that is (i) rooted in Africa ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 6: Concluding thoughts

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 6: Concluding thoughts

This final post about the DAC criteria captures key points for consideration in the evaluation for development space. It is also  relevant for the interface between humanitarian work and development – an increasingly ...

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Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 5. Non-negotiable criteria

Updating the DAC Evaluation Criteria, Part 5. Non-negotiable criteria

It is ironic that evaluation has been unable to prevent – or even just sufficiently critique – some of the most damaging policies and strategies that have originated in both economically rich and ...

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