Selected Presentations

The following presentations were selected to illustrate the scope of my contributions over the years.

2017 Plenary Panel Chair. Made in Africa: South-South Collaboration in Evaluation. Plenary discussion by the Presidents of the five regional evaluation associations (VOPEs) in the Global South at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017
2017 Chair and presenter. Grand Challenges for Evaluation. Roundtable at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017.
2017 Discussant. First Comprehensive Evaluation of the Development Results (CEDR) of the African Development Bank Group 2004-2013. Panel organised by IDEV, AfDB at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017.
2016 Invited Roundtable Panel. Climbing the High-5 Learning Curve with Independent Evaluation. Evaluation Week, African Development Bank, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 10 November 2016.
2016 Panel presentations. Member of six panels at the European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference held on 28-30 September in Maastricht, The Netherlands:

  1. Presidential Fishbowl Panel on Sustainable Development.
  2. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the 2030 Agenda and ‘Grand Challenges’ for Evaluation.
  3. Culture in context in the SDG era: an imperative for evaluation in Europe and beyond.
  4. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A framework for evaluating projects, programmes and policies.
  5. Sustaining development impact in an era of the Sustainable Development Goals: Wishful thinking, or a bright future?

The guiding force of standards – do they really help to ensure professionality?

2016 Presentation. Managing Research for Impact: Lessons from a decade of systems-informed evaluation. International Conference on Transformation of Research in the South: Policies and Outcomes. Organised by IDRC, IRD, IFRIS and the OECD Development Centre, Paris, France, 21-22 January 2016
2015 Presentation. The Ties that Bind: Fundamentals for the Evaluation of Development in an era of SDGs. UNDP NEC/IDEAS Joint Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-30 Oct 2015
2013 Keynote address. Seeking Success, Creating Impact. OECD Global Science Forum on International Research Cooperation between Developed and Developing Countries. Stellenbosch, South Africa, 10 May 2013
2013 Keynote address. Voices from the South: Seven imperatives for the Knowledge Sharing Programme evaluation system. International Meeting on Impact Evaluation, Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Korea Development Institute (KDI), Seoul, Korea, 21-22 March 2013
2013 Invited seminar. Harnessing all our human capacity: Empowering women researchers. Women’s Forum, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 14 May 2013
2013 STIAS Fellow seminar. Evaluation, Development and Research: What is the connection and why is it important for Africa? Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa, 28 May 2013
2012 Panel presentation. Evaluating Impact Investing: An Emerging Area of Development Evaluation Practice. Sixth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Accra, Ghana, 9-13 January 2012
2012 Panel presentation. Using Theories of Change in M&E for Development Impact. Sixth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Accra, Ghana, 9-13 January 2012
2012 Presentation. Evaluating Policy Influencing using a Theory of Change Approach. Tenth Biennial International Conference of the European Evaluation Society (EES), Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 October 2012
2012 Panel Session. Evaluating Empowerment. Tenth Biennial International Conference of the European Evaluation Society (EES), Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 October 2012
2012 Invited panel. What difference are we making? Analysing and measuring the impact of think tanks. Workshop at Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2012: Enabling Success, Cape Town, 18-20 June 2012
2010 Invited commentator on all sessions, from the perspective of ‘developing country practice’. Best Practices in Development Evaluation Workshop, 24-26 March 2010, New York, USA
2010 Presentation. Impact Evaluation: Serving Development? Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), San Antonio, USA, 10-13 November 2010
2010 Presentation. (Re)claiming ‘Rigor’: Orthodoxy or Opportunity? Ninth Conference of the European Evaluation Association (EES), Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 October 2010
2009 Keynote address. Unpacking the Myths. Development and the Quest for Real Impact. Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 13-14 July 2009
2008 Invited address. Building Regional Networks. International Conference on the Evaluation of Climate Change, Alexandria, Egypt, 10-13 May 2008
2007 Invited address. The Role of Evaluation in Improving Aid Effectiveness in Africa. International Symposium on Aid Effectiveness Evaluation, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), Tokyo, Japan, 10 July 2007
2007 Invited address. Joining Forces to Strengthen Evaluation: Lessons from the Evolution of the African Evaluation Association. Spring Conference of the Japan Evaluation Society (JES), Tokyo, Japan, 2 June 2007
2007 Keynote address. Shaping Evaluation in the Developing World: Our Response, Our Responsibility, Our Challenge. Inaugural Conference of the South African M&E Association (SAMEA), Johannesburg, 29 March 2007
2006 Keynote address. Evaluation in Africa. Inaugural Meeting of the Uganda Evaluation Association, Kampala, Uganda
2005 Keynote address. Global Trends, African Responses. Inaugural Meeting of the Tanzania Evaluation Association, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2004 Invited address. Capacities and Challenges for Country-led Evaluations. Symposium on Rethinking Development Evaluation, International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), Gland, Switzerland, 26 July 2004