CLEAR-FA Trains Public Sector Evaluation Professionals in Comoros
In collaboration with the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Francophone Africa (CLEAR-FA) hosted an evaluation training in Comoros for 35 participants.
For five days in November 2022, CLEAR-FA staff, Edoé Djimitri Agbodjan, PhD, Amos Menard, Miché Ouédraogo, PhD, and Damit Serge Didier Amany, strengthened the capacities of 35 evaluation professionals including ministry officials, independent evaluators/researchers, and UN staff. Participants included those whose functions involve the commissioning and/or execution of public policy evaluations or the use of evaluation results for decision-making. They included representatives of the Health, Education, Transport, and Land Management ministries, the Presidency of the Republic, local authorities, various government agencies, and the Parliament. A small number of attendees were staff from UNICEF, FAO, UN-Habitat, UNFPA, or independent consultants selected for the training. CLEAR-FA provided training on the concepts, principles and approaches of public policy evaluation - specifically tailored to the context of Comoros - equipping participants with the necessary skills to support public policy evaluations.
This workshop emerged from research conducted by UNICEF ESARO to gauge the government of Comoros' interest in institutionalizing evaluation of public policies, programs, and development projects. One of the needs identified during this inventory was a pool of trained individuals who are able to support efforts around monitoring, evaluation and evidence use in Comoros. Through their respective positions, these individuals would be able to help identify - using evaluative evidence - the major accomplishments and remaining challenges in achieving the objectives of the Emerging Comoros Plan (ECP), through which the Comoros government aims to achieve sustainable, strong, inclusive and equitable economic growth.
"There was a real desire to create a pool of resource persons in the Comoros, champions in evaluation, from various institutions. I sincerely thank the CLEAR-FA team for having made this long trip, after a relatively short notice, to come and help us carry out a project that we had been trying to implement for three years."
- Carole Tronchet Pradhan, Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF’s regional headquarters in Nairobi.