We focus on developing and promoting the use of evaluation in evidence-based policymaking to accelerate equitable development and deepen democracy in Anglophone Africa.
Our services include:
- Conducting diagnostic and capacity needs assessments of national evaluation systems
- Strengthening evaluation capacity through standard and custom courses delivered face-to-face and online
- Providing technical assistance on evaluation methods and practices to government departments, parliaments, and civil society organizations
- Organizing learning events and contributing to professional networks
- Conducting quantitative and qualitative research on evaluation practice
WHO WE ARE
The CLEAR Center in Anglophone Africa is hosted by the University of Witswatersrand's Faculty of Commerce, Law, and Management. The Center started operations in 2011.
Thought Leadership... We combine global best practices in evaluation capacity building with a strong grounding in the local context, engaging key stakeholders through face-to-face and online trainings, conferences, technical and non-technical publications, networks and strategic partnerships.
Practical Expertise... Our regional team includes full-time staff, research associates, and consultants with significant experience conducting monitoring and evaluation in Africa. As a member of the CLEAR Initiative, we also leverage the work of leading monitoring and evaluation practitioners from around the world.
Regional Influence... In working towards the change we want to see, we collaborate with strategic partners at country and regional levels. For example, CLEAR AA is part of the Management Committee of Twende Mbele, a multi-country program led by government counterparts from Benin, South Africa, and Uganda. Through a partnership with CLEAR-GIMPA in Ghana we are extending our footprint into West Africa.
HOW WE WORK
We engage strategic partners at country and regional levels, including:
- Policy Makers to strengthen downward accountability and transparency and build a government-wide culture of evaluation. For example, in Southern Africa, we developed a partnership with the M&E department of Zambia's Ministry of National Development Planning to conduct a needs assessment of its evaluation capacity and develop a framework to guide future evaluation and capacity development.
- Parliamentarians to broaden upward accountability and pass legislation to promote evaluation in decision making. For example, in collaboration with the African Parliamentary Network of Development Evaluation (APNODE), we conducted an Africa-wide initiative to embed M&E in national frameworks and cross-ministerial strategic plans. We also deliver training events to parliamentarians across the continent. Using an institutional approach to develop the evaluation capacity of parliamentarians, we work at the portfolio committee level in several countries in East Africa, Ghana, and at a regional level through ECOWAS.
- Academia to enhance the quantity and quality of evaluation practitioners. This includes curriculum development for post-graduate degree programs in higher education institutions and tailoring executive programs based on societal demand. We do this in a way to ensure that research and instruction are indigenous and contextually appropriate.
- M&E Networks to support a rapidly expanding community of evaluation professionals across the region, we collaborate with national networks and organizations across the continent. Some of these include the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Twende Mbele and APNODE.