Discover the recent and ongoing activities and projects have been conducted by GEI partners at the global level. 

National Evaluation Capacities Conference

The IEO of the UNDP organized the first NEC conference in 2009. The conference was hosted in Morocco, with 55 participants from 30 countries. Ten years later, the sixth NEC conference was held in Hurghada, Egypt, and brought together over 500 participants from more than 100 countries to discuss the theme “Leaving No One Behind: Evaluation for 2030.” 

Building on the premise that evaluation is a powerful tool that improves public accountability and contributes to positive development change, the NEC conference provides opportunities for participants to 

  • Connect, engage, and share lessons, innovations, experiences, and perspectives in strengthening national evaluation systems; 
  • Enhance evaluation skills and understanding in the context of the SDGs; and
  • Explore ways to transform evaluation for transformative development.

NEC participants have noted the relevance of the NEC platform in showcasing best evaluation practices related to the Agenda 2030 and in increasing cooperation and networking among government, nonstate actors, and development agencies. In addition, government participants have recognized NEC’s role in supporting the development of VNRs and national development plans.

From NEC Participants 

"The real-life examples of private sector mainstreaming of SDGs were an eye opener, and I will bring it to the fore in my country, where the private sector’s role is restricted to the health sector."
—Eswatini, NEC 2017

"The learnings from the conference are helping shape my way of work to bring on board emerging trends in evaluation."
—Uganda, NEC 2017

"We are preparing National Strategy on Monitoring and Evaluation and Sustainable Development Goals, the experiences from the conference will help us to foster the process in our country."
—Cambodia, NEC 2017  

International Program for Development Evaluation Training 

IPDET is a globally recognized and highly respected player in advanced training in the field of evaluation. IPDET is a collaborative effort among three partners: The Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern, Switzerland; the Center for Evaluation in Saarbrücken, Germany; and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. This partnership brings to the program long-standing roots in development evaluation and training, and strong faculty with in-the-field experience.

IPDET’s courses and workshops are tailored to the needs of development professionals who commission, manage, practice, and benefit from evaluations. IPDET’s on-site program in Bern, Switzerland, comprises two key components that enable participants to advance their knowledge and understanding of M&E: 

  • Core Course: IPDET’s one-week core course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of M&E for individuals with little to no prior knowledge of and experience in evaluation.
  • Workshops: IPDET also offers two weeks of intermediate-to-advanced workshops that enable participants to both deepen their foundations in the field of evaluation and specialize in a wide variety of advanced topics. 
  • Further, in light of the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, IPDET transformed its 2020 program into a fully virtual format and offered participants a range of online options, including a mini-series, an Evaluation Hackathon, and advanced workshops. These offerings promoted the relevance of and need for evaluation, especially in the COVID-19 context, where real-time evaluation is critical for decision-making. 

Under GEI, IPDET will offer a blended program that includes the on-site program in Bern and online options. IPDET will also expand its program to provide in-person offerings outside of Switzerland. 

Program in Rural M&E

PRiME is a global training and certification program in M&E with a focus on rural development, conducted with and jointly developed by the International Fund for Rural Development and CLEAR. Its main objective is to offer high-quality, global, and sustainable training and certification programs in M&E and impact assessment in rural development.

PRiME offers two thematic programs, “Fundamentals of M&E” and “Impact Evaluation”; to date, participants from more than 80 countries have been certified. The courses are open to the wider M&E community and provide participants with the necessary knowledge and tools to integrate M&E basics into their project planning and design. PRiME has also enabled its participants to commission or conduct evaluations and promote the use of evidence for policymaking in the rural sector.

Under GEI, PRiME will extend its curriculums to offer other advanced courses.

gLOCAL Evaluation Week 

As a week dedicated to global M&E knowledge sharing, gLOCAL Evaluation Week features a wide range of events organized by governmental and nongovernmental M&E–aware institutions. Launched in 2019, the inaugural gLOCAL Evaluation Week took place with 177 M&E knowledge-sharing events in 38 countries. The 2020 iteration of gLOCAL—which was fully virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—included over 250 events hosted by 188 institutions in 40 countries. 

This initiative will continue to grow under GEI, leveraging partnerships to reach more organizers in existing countries and expand to more regions. 

Programme international de formation en évaluation du développement 

PIFED is a well-established and internationally recognized French-language M&E training program. PIFED has trained more than 2,000 people, with over 70 percent of program participants coming from public administrations of francophone countries in Africa and Haiti. The program was developed by the École nationale d’administration publique in 2011, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada.

The objective of PIFED is to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation, both at the individual and organizational levels. The program aims to foster an evaluative culture in developing countries—with a strong focus in francophone Africa and Haiti—through capacity building activities. PIFED plays a strong advocacy role for the institutionalization of evaluation in public administrations to promote evidence-based decision-making for better performance of public interventions.

PIFED consists of a range of capacity building and training activities, carried out by École nationale d’administration publique professors, evaluation professionals, and international experts, tailored to meet the needs of individuals. Under GEI, PIFED will connect with other ECD partners working in francophone Africa, such as the CLEAR Francophone Africa Center, to enhance offerings for local evaluators and development professionals. Further, PIFED aims to expand into Northern Africa with Arabic language training offerings to ensure that access to high-quality M&E training is available in both French and Arabic.