eVALUation Matters - Made in Africa Evaluations – Vol.1: Theoretical Approaches (3rd quarter 2019)

Published by: 
Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank
Publication Date: 
September, 2019

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Development evaluation approaches have grown into a largely uniform global practice, in particular among development organizations ascribing to internationally agreed norms such as the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. However, these accepted common approaches have increasingly come under scrutiny by those who argue that the roots of most of the evaluation practices commonly used in development have been developed by organizations from the Global North, making them unsuitable for use in the Global South.

Some evaluation practitioners have called into question the relevance and effectiveness of current evaluation approaches in the African context, calling for a “Made in Africa” evaluation that takes into account local values, assumptions, and practices.