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Reflections on AfrEA 2017

25 April 2017

From Uganda in 2017 to Cote d’Voire in 2019

Exciting destinations and thought-provoking discussions: attending an African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) conference is likely to be on the wish list of most evaluators. Economic realities, scheduling conflicts and the family-career juggling game may stand in the way of participating in the event, but the enthusiastic feedback of those who were at the 2017 Uganda conference gave those who attended the “Reflections from AfrEA Conference” session at the Human Sciences Research Council a taste of important emerging themes and discussions, as well as a sense of the positioning of the South African evaluation community in relation to the larger African evaluation group.

A scattering of evaluators and researchers in Pretoria, Cape town and Durban heard about the strong representation from South Africa at the conference and the call to further fortify the future engagement in this forum.

Several themes emerging from the AfrEA Conference will make for riveting discussions in the South African evaluation community, and will undoubtedly filter through to the October 2017 South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) Conference.

“Made in Africa” is the rhythm that will reverberate through the evaluation discourse and will certainly shape innovative evaluative thinking and context-sensitive evaluation here. This has the potential to propel Africa ahead in the ever-evolving world of evaluation.

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) encourages South African evaluators to become active participants in shaping the development of evaluation and the evaluation community locally.


Dr. Donna Podems was one of the presenters at the HSRC event “Reflections from the AfrEA Conference”. She is the editor of “Democratic Evaluation and Democracy”, hot off the press.

Donna will be hosting a discussion on the book at our Networking Circle in Cape Town at 31 May.

Click here to book your space for the lecture today!

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