GEI Launch Event: South Asia

What role can evaluation play in South Asia to confront COVID-19 and chart a course to the Sustainable Development Goals? 

Date: 20th of January 2021
Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM IST/ 7:30AM-9AMEST

South Asia Event 2020

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What role can evaluation play in South Asia to confront COVID-19 and chart a course to the Sustainable Development Goals?

What role can evaluation play in South Asia to confront COVID-19 and chart a course to the Sustainable Development Goals?

While the number of countries with high-quality national development strategies aligned with Agenda 2030 has doubled over the past decade, only one-third of them have the data and systems needed to monitor the implementation of policies and to evaluate their impact. Along with increasing vulnerability to the shocks caused by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, this global gap in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacities risks holding many countries back from the SDGs.

Join us on the 20th of January for the second regional launch events for GEI where representatives from governments, civil society, international organizations, and experts from across South Asia will discuss the region’s M&E challenges and how joining hands globally to build up the capacity to use evidence can help rebuild better from COVID-19 and reach the 2030 Agenda.

Keynote speaker:

Nobel Laureate Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-founder Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Moderator:

Junaid Kamal Ahmad, World Bank Country Director, India

Panelists

  • Government representative from India: Dr. Sekhar Bonu (Director General, Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office, Government of India (DMEO) 
  • Government representative from Pakistan: Shabnum Sarfraz, Member, Social Sector at the Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan. 
  • VOPE representative:  Dr. Mallika R. Samaranayake, Member of the Governing Board, Community of Evaluators – South Asia; Co-Founder and Former President, Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) 
  • Civil society representative: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC