As a global partnership, GEI relies extensively on global, regional, and local partnerships to create a world where evidence is used to increase transparency and make better decisions to improve lives. GEI brings together a large network of ECD stakeholders, including governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations, ECD services providers, civil society organizations, academic institutions, M&E associations, and M&E experts.


GEI’s ECD programs are designed to serve and influence governments, which are its key partners. The initiative prioritizes governments with lower income levels and countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. GEI prioritizes engagements that can generate cross-fertilization of knowledge and geographic areas with lower income levels or higher incidence of poverty (for example, poorer states).

Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations

GEI is coordinated through the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group and the United Nations Development Programme Independent Evaluation Office, which have been leading actors in ECD initiatives in international development. Their existing initiatives and networks constitute important platforms for this new initiative.

GEI is also joined by other important ECD players, including the independent evaluation functions of the multilateral development banks.  These include the African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank. GEI partners with other key international agencies, such as the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office.

Evaluation Capacity Development Services Providers

In addition to leveraging the ECD programs and country presence of bilateral and multilateral organizations, GEI works with technical collaborators. These include the regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (the CLEAR Initiative); the International Program for Development Evaluation Training; the Programme International de Formation en Evaluation du Développement, Better Evaluation, with which GEI collaborates on knowledge sharing activities; and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

The CLEAR Initiative is a collaborative global program founded by academic, bilateral, and multilateral institutions to support evaluation capacity strengthening in developing countries. Conceived as an innovative approach to developing the M&E capacities of governments and civil society organizations, it is backed by prestigious academic institutions recognized for their excellence in the evaluation field. CLEAR’s six regional centers and two affiliate centers are coordinated by a global hub housed within the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group.

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program, launched with the support of the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, that aims to provide decision-makers, managers, and practitioners with the needed tools to commission, manage, and evaluate policies, programs, and projects at the local, national, regional, and global levels and use those evaluations for decision-making. 
ENAP is the largest French-speaking public administration university in the world. ENAP is leading the Programme International de Formation en Evaluation du Développement, an intensive training program for evaluation professionals and public managers of French-speaking developing countries. 

Better Evaluation is the largest knowledge platform on M&E activities, frameworks, and systems in the world and is a global community that creates, shares, and supports use of knowledge about how to better plan, manage, conduct, and use evaluation.

3ie promotes evidence-informed equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development. 3ie supports the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries.

Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions, M&E Associations, and M&E Experts

To enhance its impact locally and contextualize its work, GEI activities are implemented in partnership with local entities such as universities, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, voluntary organizations for professional evaluation, private firms, and individual evaluators.  This enables GEI to strengthen the capacity of local players and contribute to developing a sustainable supply of ECD services locally.  GEI also works with technical partners to provide needed expertise and with the broader M&E community to foster knowledge sharing, collaboration, and coordination.

Associate/Implementing Partners


Stefanie Krapp


“IPDET has the ambition to build a global, inclusive, multi-disciplinary community committed to evaluative evidence improving development outcomes. IPDET creates space for people engaged in evaluation to come together to learn, exchange knowledge, and collaborate. The Global Evaluation Initiative provides the frame for realizing this vision."

Patricia Rogers

Better Evaluation

“The GEI provides an opportunity to learn together how to plan, do, manage and use evaluation to support efforts to build back better and achieve the SDGs. Our separate and combined efforts to strengthen individual, organizational, and national evaluation capacities can be more effective if these are framed as mutual learning about how to adapt evaluation practice to particular contexts and purposes....”

Sarah Klier

German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

“Evaluation promotes accountability, transparency and learning, thus contributing to better governance. Developing Evaluation Capacities therefore is an important step towards the fulfillment of the Agenda 2030.”

Dr. Gabriela Pérez Yarahuán

CLEAR Latin America and the Caribbean

“CLEAR LAC consistently leverages our track record of good performance, collaboration, and responsiveness, allowing us to become a relevant ally in developing joint resilience with key stakeholders in the region and to continue our work in M&E capacity building. As we continue to expand in the region, we are excited about the new partnerships we are building with CARICOM and other agencies through GEI.”

André Portela

CLEAR Lusophone Africa and Brazil

“CLEAR LAB continues to work with our partners in the to promote the importance of evidence-based public policies, in addition to our ongoing work in strengthening M&E systems within Brazil. Looking ahead, we are excited about the opportunities GEI brings through strategic partnerships that are allowing us to expand our work into Lusophone African countries.”

Guy Laforest

’École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)

“As PIFED is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, thanks to Global Affairs Canada's support, we know that a lot has been accomplished in ECD in the last years, but there is still a lot to do to close the gap in monitoring and evaluation capacity worldwide. I am very happy to take part to this Global Partnership, which will allow a more coherent and collaborative approach, and help broaden the scope of our actions in ECD by joining our forces to those of others to maximize our impact.”

Juha I. Uitto

GEF Independent Evaluation Office

"At the GEF, our priority is to advance evaluation in the coupled human-natural systems where sustainable development takes place. This requires new approaches and enhanced capacity where a partnership with GEI will be crucial.”

Marie Gaarder


"One of the reasons we are excited about the Global Evaluation Initiative is because it’s aims are closely aligned with 3ie’s own mission.  We have been working closely with governments in Uganda, West Africa and the Philippines (among others) to strengthen M&E systems and continue to develop capacities of local researchers and institutions in L&MIC. We look forward to collaborating with and contributing to this new initiative."

Paula Pedro Loureiro

Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua

"Camões, IP will support GEI’s ambition in strengthening global evaluation capacity development, adding up efforts to building a stronger Lusophone community of evaluators."

Scott Liu

CLEAR East Asia

“CLEAR EA is proud to consistently partner with local and regional stakeholders, enhancing evaluation awareness and capacity in China while also promoting South-South knowledge sharing in the region.”

Sarah Longford

World Food Programme (WFP)

“Combining efforts and leveraging our respective knowledge, presence and networks to support strengthening of national evaluation capacity and increase evidence-based decision-making is a common goal. We are excited to join the partnership with GEI.”

Ababacar GAYE

Islamic Development Bank

“The Operations Evaluation Department (OED) of the IsDB strongly believes that ECD is an important tool that helps Member Countries increase their supply of qualified evaluators, enhance their institutional evaluation capacity as well as their M&E systems and thus, better monitor and evaluate their progress towards their ahievement of the SDGs. That gives ECD an essential stance in its strategies.”

Dr Shagun Sabarwal

CLEAR South Asia

“CLEAR SA prioritizes our work with governments and building new partnerships in the region to improve transparency through evidence-use, and ultimately strengthen monitoring and evaluation capabilities and systems in low-income countries. We look forward to expanding our regional footprint, working with more countries in South and South-East Asia through strategic GEI partnerships.”

Karen Rot-Munstermann

Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank

"In addition to enhancing accountability and learning from evaluations, IDEV has a mandate to promote an evaluation culture in the AfDB and its member countries. We do this by supporting both the supply and the demand side of evaluation: helping country governments to strengthen their national evaluation systems through initiatives like Twende Mbele, and stimulating demand and use of evaluations by stakeholders like members of parliament through the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation, among others. In this work, we collaborate with partners such as AfrEA, Unicef, UNWomen, the CLEAR centers and EvalPartners. The GEI will enable us to strengthen this collaboration, to share our knowledge and experience and to learn from others, to achieve even greater synergies and results."