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Wanted: A Simple Measure of Success in a Complex World

By: Caroline Heider , Director General , IEG
On: Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014

Speaking at the World Bank, Ben Ramalingam, author of Aid on the Edge of Chaos set out a challenge to those working in the humanitarian and development fields: Move away from a narrow focus on what we think is important and take a more wide-angle approach to the issues we’re dealing with.

“Responses to complex challenges need to be adaptive,” he said. “Rather than strategies for best practice we should be looking at strategies for best fit.”

Ben discussed his plans to push the debate on change in the development system...

Meet Climate-Eval Rep to Steering Committee of 2014 International Conference

By: David Akana , Moderator , Climate-Eval CoP
On: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014

In late January, we advertised an opportunity to serve as representative of the Climate-Eval Community of Practice (CoP) in the Steering Committee currently planning 2nd International conference on Evaluating Climate and Development expected to hold in Washington DC in September 2014.

The 2nd international conference on evaluating climate change and development is a follow up from an initial conference held in Alexandria, Egypt in 2008 during which the idea of creating Climate-...

How do you Know a ‘Successful’ Climate Adaptation Project?

By: David Akana , Moderator , Climate-Eval CoP
On: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

The climate change portfolio of the World Bank Group is growing. It is central to the programmatic priorities of other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Governments at all levels are aligning climate change to their programing and planning processes.  At the November 2013...

How Evaluation Can Help Africa Tackle Pressing climate change Challenges

By: David Akana , Moderator , Climate-Eval CoP
On: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014

YAOUNDE, March 06, 2014: Invited to brainstorm on the challenges and prospects of climate change evaluation in Africa, three seasoned panelists with many years of evaluation experience in Africa converged on the fact that evaluation shall be immensely helpful in providing policy makers at local, national and international level with vital evidence required to design and implement policies that will further the sustainable livelihoods of poor communities across Africa in the decades to come.

Pointing to the need for payment of environmental services to local communities, the Director...

Bringing Valuable Regional Perspectives to the global Debate on Climate Change Evaluation

By: David Akana , Moderator , Climate-Eval CoP
On: Sunday, Mar 02, 2014

I spoke to the President of the Cameroon Development Evaluation Association, Debazou Yantio upon my arrival here in Yaoundé for the 2014 African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) conference.

Debazou who has a long experience of evaluating environmental and climate change interventions in the region said “for most NGOs operating in the region, there is a culture of just attributing success to their intervention...