Conference : Programme

Day 1
09 Dec
03:00 to 04:00
Opening Session: Opening Remarks
04:00 to 04:45
  • MC: Ms. Azusa Kubota & Mr. Indran Naidoo
  • Mr. Ben Mthembu, Chairperson, Public Service Commission of South Africa
  • Mr. Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in South Africa
  • Mr. Sean Phillips, Director General, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation


Recap of 2009 NEC conference
04:45 to 05:00

Mr. Juha Uitto, OIC, Evaluation Office, UNDP 

Conceptual Framework by the NEC Conference Advisory Group with inputs from UNDP EO and OPSC: The Use of Evaluation
05:00 to 05:45

Chair: Ms. Ronette Engela     Rapporteur: Mr. Roberto La Rovere

Presention by Mr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President, Observatoire Nationale de Developmment Humain - member of the Advisory

Group Discussion

Tea/Coffee Break
05:45 to 06:00
Plenary Session 1: Use of Evaluation for Public Policy and Programmes - challenges, factors and opportunities - country case studies I
06:00 to 08:00

Chair: Mr. Patrick Birungi

Rapporteurs: Ms. Ana Rosa Soares & Mr. Boureima Gado

India "Role of Evaluation in 5 year planning in India"

Ms. Sudha Pillai

Sri Lanka “Role of evaluation in influencing the policy  –  a Sri Lankan perspective”

Mr. Velayuthan Sivagnanasothy

South Africa “The use question in South Africa: examples and lessons from the Public Service Commission of South Africa”

Mr. Indran Naidoo

Colombia “Effective evaluations: processes to advocate for changes in public policy”

Mr. Walter Mauricio  Aguila

08:00 to 09:30
Panels in Parallel
09:30 to 10:45

Panel 1: Systemic factors contributing to use of evaluation

Chair:Mr. Seydou Yayé       Rapporteur: Mr. Marco Segone

Benin "Use of evaluation and development in a national  assessment: the case of Benin"

Mr. Aristide Djidjoho

India "Indian Experience with the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for Government Departments"

Mr. Prajapati Trivedi

Guatemala “Multi-stakeholder participatory evaluation systems in the field of public policy: a case study of Guatemala”

 Mr. Henry Morales.

Q&A Discussion  

Panel 2: Impact of audits and budgeting in evaluation

Chair: Ms. Thania de la Garza Navarrete     Rapporteur: Mr. Dieudonne Mouafo 

Brazil “Promoting accountability and enhancing programs and policies through the instrumental use of the evaluations carried out by the Brazilian Court of Audit”

Ms. Selma Maria Hayakawa C. Serpa

Morocco “Gender responsive budgeting as a tool for public policy evaluation”

Mr. Mohammed Chafiki (recording)

Q&A Discussion  

Tea/Coffee break
10:45 to 11:00
Reporting Session & Wrap-up
11:00 to 12:00

Chair: Ms. Nadira El Guermai                  Rapporteurs: All Day 1 Rapporteurs

Meeting of Steering Group (for Chairs and Rapporteurs for Day 1)
12:00 to 12:30
Kiosk Presentation
12:30 to 14:00

 display of publications and evaluation materials by participants (running before and in parallel with Cocktail)19

Group Photo


14:00 to 16:00

Cocktail hosted by the Office of the Public Service Commission in Village Manor Remarks by the host: Mr. Mashwahle Diphofa, Director General, Office of the Public Service Commission

Day 1
15 Dec
03:00 to 04:00
Welcome Address
04:00 to 04:30

Mr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President, Moroccan National Observatory of Human Development

Ms. Saraswathi Menon, Director, UNDP Evaluation Office

Ms. Alia Al-Dali, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP-Morocco 

Theme 1: Current evaluation practices of public programmes at the national level: governance, independence and credibility
04:30 to 05:00

Chairperson:  Mr. Abhijit  Sen, Member, Planning Commission, India,


  • Ms. Charmaine Julie, Regional Director of the Western Cape Public Service Commission (to be confirmed)
  • Oscar Garcia, Evaluation Advisor, UNDP Evaluation Office

Opening Remarks by the Chairperson Brief issues paper presentation

  • Angela Bester, Director: Deloitte & Touche, South Africa 
Individual presentations by participants
05:00 to 06:00

Morocco:  Moroccan National Observatory of Human Development

Costa Rica: Juan Manuel Cordero González, Vice-Minister for Social Development

Mauritania: Ould Khattar Dah, Head of the Sector Policies service

South Africa: Julie Charmaine, Regional Director of the Western Cape Public Service Commission

06:00 to 06:20
Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks by Chair
06:20 to 07:30
07:30 to 09:00
Theme 2: Evaluation quality and existing capacities at national and regional level: national evaluation practitioners, research institutions, evaluation associations and networks
09:00 to 09:30

Chairperson:  Mr. Tony  Aidoo  Head, Policy Evaluation & Oversight Unit, Office of the President, Ghana


  • M. Joseph Jonas Avrilus, Coordinator, Unit of Coordination and Programming, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Haiti
  • Alexandra Chambel, Evaluation Specialist, UNDP Evaluation Office

Opening Remarks by Chair Brief issues paper presentation

  • Alexey Kuzmin, President, Process Consulting Company, Russia. 
Individual presentations by participants
09:30 to 10:00

Brazil:  Joana Mostafa, Member Social Policies and Studies Divison, Comission of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies

Uganda: Margaret Kakande, Head Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

RELAC Latin American Network of Evaluation: Pablo Rodríguez, Executive Committee

Niger: Seydou Yayé, Director General, Programme Evaluation and Development, Ministry of Economy and Finance 

10:00 to 10:20
Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks by Chair
10:20 to 11:30
Open Space: Structured time available for informal exchanges and discussion between the participants
11:30 to 13:00
Official Dinner
15:00 to 16:00
Day 1
29 Sep
Registration at Hotel Transamerica
10:00 to 12:00
Activity Venue: 
Grand Foyer Hotel Transamerica
Transportation to the São Paulo Municipal Theater
12:00 to 12:50
Activity Venue: 
Hotel Entrance
Ballet of the City of São Paulo
13:00 to 15:00
  • Apocalipsis/Victor Navarro
  • Cantares/Oscar Araiz
  • Abrupto/Alex Soares
  • Followed by Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo
    Luís Gustavo Petri – Regent

Group Picture, Traditional attires are welcome

Activity Venue: 
São Paulo Municipal Theater
Reception / Cocktail
15:00 to 17:00

MC: Indran Naidoo

Welcoming Remarks
Jorge Chediek (5')
UN Brazil Resident Coordinator

Toast to The EvallYear
Nidhi Khattri
Head of CLEAR Secretariat
Toast on behalf of all partners in celebration of joint efforts leading to the proposed 2015 International Year of Evaluation – EvalYear

Final Remarks
Rebeca Grynspan
UN Under-Secretary-General
UNDP Associate Administrator

Day 1
26 Oct
Workshop 1: RBM for Evaluation
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Ray Rist 

Ray has had a distinguished career which includes a range of high profile government and academic appointments. He has been a professor at a several prestigious universities, and has been a consultant to many national and international organisations, including The World Bank, OECD, DFID, IADB, and a range of corporations, House and Senate committees in the United States. The focus of much of this consulting has been on public sector performance, especially that of results based management and measurement, and he has been an advisor to senior government officials in more than 50 countries. Ray is co-director of the International program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). He has authored or edited 31 books and has authored more than 140 articles and monographs.

Activity Venue: 
Ballroom A
Workshop 3: Hands on - Impact evaluations
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Jo Puri

Dr Jyotsna (Jo) Puri leads 3ie’s evaluation team and is the deputy executive director. She is a member of 3ie’s senior management team, leads 3ie’s open, thematic and policy related grant windows and is also responsible for fund raising. Jo Puri has over 18 years of experience in evaluation and evidence-based policy and has worked earlier at the World Bank and the United Nations. Previously she was Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. Jo is also currently adjunct faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University.

Activity Venue: 
Ballroom B
Workshop 4: Evaluation for the benefit of the people
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Richard Levin

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 5: How to embed M&E in your ministry
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Frederic Martin

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 6: An IDEAS Model for Individual Professional Qualification
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Linda Morra

Linda currently heads her own consulting firm, acting as an independent consultant to diverse groups including the Independent Evaluation Group of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Korean International Development Agency, the DPMG Consulting Group, China Ministry of Finance, and others for training and other ECD services. She has thirty years experience in designing, conducting, and managing policy, program and project evaluations, both nationally and internationally; she also has twenty years experience as an advisor and trainer on M & E in both the developing and developed country contexts.

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 15: Planning and monitoring for evaluation
09:00 to 17:00

Presenters: Heather Bryant and Ana Rosa Soares

Heather Bryant has been an Evaluation Specialist with the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) since 2012. She is currently conducting evaluations of UNDP country programmes called Assessments of Development Results), and recently completed a Joint Evaluation of the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Programme in collaboration with the GEF Independent Evaluation Office. Prior to joining the UNDP IEO, Heather worked for UNDP Nepal as the head of the Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness Unit, where she was responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation tasks, with a special emphasis on human rights, gender equality and social exclusion issues.  Heather has a master’s in geography from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and speaks English and French.

Ana Rosa Soares is an Evaluation Advisor in the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP where she is also the coordinator for National Evaluation Capacity Development. She is responsible for conducting country, regional and global thematic and programmatic evaluations. Prior to working for the IEO, she was a Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the focal point for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for UNDP in Brazil. Before joining the UN, Ms. Soares was an International Projects’ Manager at the Center for International Development for SUNY, working with bilateral and multilateral cooperation of international development programmes and projects in Africa, Europe and Latin America. Ms. Soares has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from SUNY Albany and is currently working on her Ph.D on Development Studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Activity Venue: 
Day 2
13 Sep
Plenary Session 2: Use of Evaluation for Public Policy and Programmes - challenges, factors and opportunities - country case studies II
04:00 to 07:00

Chair: Mr. Velayuthan Sivagnanasothy                           Rapporteur: Mr. Roberto La Rovere & Ms. Riitta Oksanen

China Mr. Yonghe Zheng

“The roles of users in enhancing utility of evaluation with special reference to the international evaluation on the funding and management performance of the national Natural Science Foundation of China"

Uganda Mr. Albert Byamugisha

“Giving national direction through evaluation: Uganda’s evaluation of its Poverty Eradication Action Plan (1997-2007)”

Morocco Mr. Mohamed Benkassmi & Mohammed Mouime

“ONDH information system - ONDH for the evaluation of human development public policy”


Mexico Ms. Hortensia Perez

“Key elements of evaluation as a decision making tool: the specific performance evaluation experience in Mexico”

Brazil Ms. Junia Quiroga

“The evaluation system of the Ministry of Social Development and the Fight Against Hunger: strengths and weaknesses in the use of evaluation results in decision making for social programs”

(10:00 break for 15 min)





07:00 to 08:00
Panels in Parallel:
08:30 to 10:00

Panel 3: Monitoring and how it facilitates use of evaluation 

Chair: Mr. Armando J. Vieira Filho          Rapporteur: Ms. Ana Rosa Soares & Mr. Babacar Mbaye

Dominican Republic Mr. Hernan Rodriguez Minier

“Dominican Republic experience in the design and implementation of a monitoring system as community methodology to measure progress and impacts of the Millennium Development Goals and National Development Strategy”

Malawi Mr. Ronald Mangani

“The use of evaluation in managing for development results: evidence from Malawi”

Niger Mr. Seydou Yayé

“The process of Control in Project Advancement (CAP) of the International German Cooperation (GTZ): the case of the CAP Program to Combat Poverty in Niger (LUCOP)”

Rwanda Mr. James Tumwine

“'Imihigo' performance-based approach: an evaluation tool in Rwanda”

Panel 4: Establishing evaluation systems, taking use of evaluation into account 

Chair: Ms. Katongo S.M Chifwepa        Rapporteur: Ms. Soma de Silva 

Chile Mr. Ryan Cooper 

“Compass Commission, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab” 

Costa Rica Ms. Melania Nunez

“Evaluation in Costa Rica from the government perspective: the current situation and challenges in the context of implementing the National Development Plan 2011 to 2014”

Malaysia Ms. Shahrazat Haji Ahmad

“Use of evaluation: Malaysia experiences”

Mauritania Mr. Mohamed Fade

“Using evaluation in decision making for public policies and development programs: the case of Mauritania”

Tea/Coffee break
10:00 to 10:15
Panels in Parallel2:
10:15 to 12:00

Tajikistan Mr. Bahodir Eshboev 

"Strategic development goals and priorities of the Republic of Tajikistan:  national monitoring and evaluation system for their achievements"

Tanzania Mr. Ekingo Magembe 

“The importance of monitoring and evaluation in achieving national development policies and programmes’ targets”

Q&A Discussion 

Mongolia Mr. Darinchuluun Bazarvaani 

“Evaluation of the MDG-based comprehensive National Development Strategy (NDS) implementation and utilizing the evaluation results”

Kazakhstan Mr. Farkhat Kassimov

“Government performance evaluation, the Kazakhstani case: experience, challenges, immediate outcomes and future prospects”

Q&A Discussion 

Meeting of Steering Group (Chairs and Rapporteurs from Day 1 and 2)
Day 2
16 Dec
Synthesis of Day One
04:00 to 04:30
Theme 3: Supporting the demand for evaluation as an instrument of accountability: who are the key actors?
04:30 to 05:00

Chairperson:  Ms. Carla Morales, Vice Minister, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy, Costa Rica


  • Mr. Seydou Yaye. Director General of Evaluation of Programmes and Development, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Niger
  • Juha Uitto, Deputy Director, UNDP Evaluation Office

Opening Remarks by Chair Brief issues paper presentation

  • Oumoul Khayri Ba Tall, President of the International Organization on Evaluation  
Individual presentations by participants
05:00 to 06:00
  • Rwanda: Bernabe Sebagabo Director of Planning Policies and Capacity Building
  • Colombia: Diego Dorado, Director of Evaluation of Public Policies, Sinergia, Department of Planning
  • PREVAL Monitoring and Evaluation for Rural Development, Emma Rotondo, Executive Director
  • Association Marocaine de l’Evaluation, Ahmed Bencheikh 
06:00 to 06:20
Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks by Chair
06:20 to 07:30
07:30 to 09:00
Theme 4: Towards an enabling environment for evaluation capacity at the national level: what type of support is needed?
09:00 to 09:30

Chairperson:  Mr. Eric Shitindi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, President's Office - Public Service Management, Tanzania


  • Mr. Juan Manuel Cordero, Vice Minister, Ministry of Social Development,  Costa Rica
  • Fabrizio Felloni, Evaluation Specialist, UNDP Evaluation Office

Opening Remarks by Chair

Brief issues paper presentation

  • Osvaldo Feinstein, consultant  former Advisor and Manager at the World Bank Evaluation Department and Senior Evaluator at IFAD 
Individual presentations by participants
09:30 to 10:00
  • Benin: Aristide DJIDJOHO, Coordinator of the office of evaluation of public policies, Ministry of Forecasting, Development and Evaluation of Public Policies
  • Sri Lanka: Velayuthan Sivagnanasothy, Director General, Ministry of Finance & Planning: Department of Foreign Affairs and Budget Monitoring
  • Guatemala: Fernando Sánchez, Coordinator, General Secretariat for  Planning and Programming
  • Tajikistan:  Mr. Rahmonov Abdughaffor, Deputy Chairman, State Committee on Aid Coordination and Investment Promotion 
10:00 to 10:20
Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks by Chair
10:20 to 11:30
Open Space: Structured time available for informal exchanges and discussion between the participants
11:30 to 13:00
Day 2
30 Sep
03:00 to 04:00
Activity Venue: 
Grand Foyer
Opening of the Conference
04:00 to 05:00
  • Paulo de Martino Jannuzzi 
    Secretary for Evaluation and Information Management Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger
  • Rogério Haman
    São Paulo State Government Secretary
    of Social Development
  • Indran Naidoo 
    Director of the UNDP Evaluation Office presents opening address

Opening Address

  • Rebeca Grynspan (5')
    UN Under-Secretary-General
    UNDP Associate Administrator
Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I, II, III
Coffee break
05:00 to 05:15
Plenary Session 1
05:15 to 06:45

Facilitator: Marco SegoneEvalPartners co-chair


Presenter: Asela Kalugampitiya (Sri Lanka), Secretariat of EvalYear on behalf of EvalPartners


Commentators: Government, MP and VOPE

  • Hon. Kabir Hashim
    Member of Sri Lanka Parliament, Leader of South Asia 
    Parliamentarian Forum and member of EvalPartners International Advisory Group

  • Velayuthan Sivagnanasothy 
    Secretary, Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Sri Lanka
  • Mallika Samaranayake 
    President of CoE/South Asia/Sri Lanka
Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I, II, III
Plenary Session 2
06:45 to 07:30

Moderator: Juha UittoUNDP- Evaluation Office

Keynote Address

  • Paulo Jannuzzi
    Secretary for Evaluation and Information Management – Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger
Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I, II, III
Lunch with a Speaker
07:30 to 09:30
  • Marcelo Cabral
    Director of Management and Monitoring of the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger


(no simultaneous translation provided)

Activity Venue: 
Exchange Forum 1 on USE of Evaluation
09:30 to 11:30

Facilitator: Xiaojun Grace WangUNDP Bureau for Development Policy
(Session in English only no interpretation)


  • Jennifer Mutua (Kenya)
    AfrEA Representative to IOCE Board
  • Winston Nyasulu (Malawi)
    Assistant Budget Director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Section of the Ministry of Finance
  • Ir. Arif Haryana (Indonesia)
    Director of Evaluation and Reporting System Performance Development, National Development Planning Board/BAPPENAS


Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I
Exchange Forum 2 on USE of Evaluation
09:30 to 11:30

Facilitator: Inka MattilaUNDP Panama Regional Center


  • Jigmi Rinzin (Bhutan),
    Member of National Council of Bhutan
  • Hamed Sarwary (Afghanistan)
    Director of Monitoring & Evaluation of the Independent Directorate for Local Governance
  • Selma Serpa (Brazil)
    Federal Auditor in the Evaluation and Performance Audit Department, Brazilian Court of Accounts


Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I
Exchange Forum 3 on USE of Evaluation
09:30 to 11:30

Moderator: Vijayalakshmi VadiveluUNDP Evaluation office


  • Hon. (Mrs) Rangina Kargar (Afghanistan)
    Member of Parliament
  • Aulida Anamali (Albania)
    Foreign Relations Specialist of the Shkodra Municipality
  • Norberto Perotti (Argentina)
    Under-secretary of the Secretary of Budget Evaluation of the Office of Ministries of the Presidency
Activity Venue: 
São Paulo III
Coffee break
11:30 to 11:45
Plenary Dialogue on the USE of Evaluation
11:45 to 13:00

Moderator:Ana Rosa SoaresUNDP Evaluation Office


  • Thania de la Garza Navarrete (Mexico)
    General Director of Evaluation, Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (CONEVAL)
  • Ivett Subero (Dominican Republic)
    Director of UN System Monitoring, Multilateral Cooperation Office (DIGECOOM) Ministry of Economy
  • Ted Sitima-wina (Malawi),
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development
Activity Venue: 
São Paulo I, II, III
Day 2
27 Oct
Workshop 7: Challenges of evaluating sustainability
09:00 to 17:00

Presenters: Juha I. Uitto and Rob D. van den Berg

Juha I. Uitto is the Director of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office charged with evaluating the results and performance of the Global Environment Facility. Over the past decade and a half, he has conducted and managed a large number of evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, in particular related to environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. The book Evaluating Environment in International Development edited by Juha was published by Routledge in 2014. He holds a PhD in Social and Environment Geography.

Rob D van den Berg studied contemporary history at the University of Groningen in Netherlands. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, as well as a member of the Faculty of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training. His past positions include Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (2004-2014), Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004), Senior Advisor on Research at the European Commission and various positions in Dutch development cooperation. From 2002 to 2004 he was the chairman of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation. He has published more than 25 articles on development, research and evaluation and has co-edited four books.

Activity Venue: 
Ballroom A
Workshop 8: Evaluation Capacity Development
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Michele Tarsilla

Michele Tarsilla has been designing and conducting evaluations and capacity development programs funded by a variety of international development organizations (the World Bank, FAO, WFP, DfiD and USAID) in a variety of sectors (including education, health, agriculture and food security) for over ten years. Thanks to his extensive field work (over 35 countries) and his fluency in six languages, Dr. Tarsilla has a unique appreciation of cultural competence in international development work and, as a result, a keen commitment  to promote the use of innovative and progressive concepts and practices within the global evaluation community. A prolific blogger (@MIEval_TuEval), Dr. Tarsilla is a former International Rotary and Fulbright Scholar who received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University and a one-year graduate diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University in Ottawa. An IPDET graduate (2008), Michele joined the IPDET faculty in 2014.

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 9: How to manage Equity-focused and Gender-responsive evaluations
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter:  Marco Segone and Ada Ocampo

Marco Segone is Director, Independent Evaluation Office, at UN Women; Chair, United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), the network of Evaluation Offices of 46 UN agencies; and co-founder and co/chair of EvalPartners, the global partnership for national evaluation capacities. Previously, he was responsible for the decentralized evaluation function as well as the national evaluation capacity development portfolios at the UNICEF Evaluation Office; Regional Chief, Monitoring and Evaluation in the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia; Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Brazil Country Office, and Niger Country Office. Previously, he worked in international NGOs in Albania, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Uganda. He has authored numerous publications including Evaluation for Equitable Development Results and How to Design and Manage Equity-Focused Evaluations.

Ada Ocampo is a Peruvian sociologist working in the UN system since 1990 with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and IFAD in different countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. During her career, she has mainly focused on evaluation capacity development and on networking. She is the author of several articles and publications. She has lectured at Carleton University, Claremont University, The Indian School of Business (ISB) and at BRAC University. She has managed and led several evaluation training programs; and is one of the founders of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). She represents UNICEF at the Management Group of EVALPARTNERS. Currently, she holds the position of Sr. Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF’s Evaluation Office in New York.

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 10: Impact Evaluation – A broader view
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Elliot Stern 

Image result for elliot sternElliot Stern is a practicing evaluator and an active member of the international evaluation community. He is Emeritus Professor of Evaluation Research at Lancaster University (UK) and currently Visiting Professor at University of Bristol. Elliot edits the journal Evaluation: the international journal of theory, research and practice published by Sage (UK); and was founding President of both the UK Evaluation Society and the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). He was President of the European Evaluation Society; and a founding Academician and until recently a Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. Elliot has worked extensively in the international development field with a particular interest in methodology and the institutionalisation of evaluation. He led the team that designed the impact evaluation of the Paris Declaration for OECD; was team leader for the ‘independent external evaluation’ of UNESCO; and in 2011/2012 headed up an international team for DFID tasked with reviewing a broad range of impact evaluation methods and designs to be used when experimental methods were not appropriate. Elliot has been evaluation advisor to the Regional Development Directorate of the European Commission; UN Women; the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change; and the CGIAR.

Activity Venue: 
Workshop 11: Evaluation in the lens of human development and the SDGs
09:00 to 17:00

Presenters: Shiva Kumar and Bishwa Nath Tiwari

A. K. Shiva Kumar is a development economist and evaluator who works on issues related to human development - poverty, health, nutrition, basic education, and the rights of women and children.  He has served as senior policy advisor to UNICEF India and as the Director of the International Centre for Human Development in New Delhi, India.  He is Co-Chair of the Know Violence in Childhood – a global learning initiative that is synthesizing evidence to advocate for ending violence. Shiva Kumar was a founding board member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and has undertaken several evaluation assignments for IDRC, IFAD, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF and other agencies.  He has been a regular contributor to UNDP’s Human Development Reports and National Human Development Reports. He has been a member of several high level committees of the Government of India including the National Advisory Council and has been associated with the formulation of social policies and legislation in India.  He has served on the Governing Council of the Centre for Science and Environment, the Public Health Foundation of India and the International Center for Research on Women.   Shiva Kumar is a Visiting Professor at the Ashoka University, Indian School of Business, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he teaches economics and public policy.  Shiva Kumar has done his Masters in Economics from Bangalore University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D in Political Economy and Government, both from Harvard University.

Bishwa Nath Tiwari Programme Specialist, HDR, Inclusive Growth, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. Bishwa Tiwari works as Programme Specialist at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) where he engages in the preparation and production of flagship analytical products on human development, ensures the quality of national human development reports working with UNDP country offices of the Asia-Pacific Region, and undertakes substantive technical and policy research. Prior to his reassignment at the BRH, he performed mostly these functions at Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP), New York during August 2013 – January 2015. Bishwa worked earlier as Deputy Regional Programme Coordinator of Human Development Report Unit at the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok from January 2011 to July 2013, where he was engaged in writing the Asia-Pacific Human Development Report, planning and managing regional HDR project, undertaking capacity development measures, and providing country support. Prior to this, he served as M & E advisor of the UNDP’s UPPR project in Bangladesh (2009-10), and Manager of two Government of Nepal/UNDP projects – Poverty Monitoring for PRSP and National HDR (2002 – 2009). He also served as Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer in WFP (2000-2001), with the responsibility of assessing food insecurity & vulnerability, and monitoring & evaluation of WFP programmes. Bishwa started his career as a teacher in Tribhuvan University in 1981 and continued until 1999 where apart from teaching Economic Theory he worked as Advisor/consultant for more than two dozens of government, non-government organizations and civil society. Born in Nepal, Bishwa holds PhD in Economics from Rajasthan University, MA in Economics from Tribhuvan University, and MSc in Environmental and resource Economics from University of London. Apart from writing regional and national HDRs, he has authored 2 books, co-authored/written a chapter in 7 books and published more than a dozen of research articles in national and international journals. 

Activity Venue: 
Ballroom B
Workshop 13: Culture Matters: Culture and Context in Evaluation for Sustained Development
09:00 to 17:00

Presenter: Zenda Ofir

Zenda Ofir is a South African evaluation and KM specialist who has conducted M&E assignments in more than 30 countries in Africa and Asia for more than 40 major organisations. She has worked from local to global levels in many diverse areas of development and research evaluation. She is a former AfrEA President, IOCE Vice-President and AEA Board member, and frequently serves in advisory capacities for global, multilateral and regional organisations, among others GAVI, UNDP, WHO, CGIAR, AGRA, CLEAR-AA and the Rockefeller Foundation. With a PhD in Chemistry, Zenda was Director of Research at Pretoria University and senior manager at a South African Science Council before moving into evaluation. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Hiroshima and presented for several years the Aid Effectiveness module of the United Nations University in Tokyo. She is currently an honorary professor at the School for Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch.
Zenda prefers to work with development interventions that strengthen the capabilities of individuals, organisations and institutional systems, and that make a real, long-term difference in society.

Activity Venue: 
Day 3
28 Oct
08:00 to 08:30
08:30 to 10:30
  • Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand        
  • Mr. Rob D. van den Berg, IDEAS President         
  • Video – NEC2015
  • Mr. Indran Naidoo, UNDP, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office                                                                                                                                                           
  • Ms. Gina Casar, UNDP Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator                                                                                                                                                  
  • Mr. Paulo Jannuzzi, Government of Brazil hands the EvalYear Torch to
  • Mr. Noppadon Theppitak, Thailand, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand 


Evaluation for Improving People's Lives
Ms. Mallika Samaranayake, Sri Lanka, President of the Community of Evaluators of South Asia

Note taker: Kristina Leuchowius

Coordinator: Francine Pickup

Activity Venue: 
Grand Ballroom
10:30 to 10:45
10:45 to 11:15
11:15 to 12:45

Chair/Commentator: Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia-Pacific and Director of Bangkok Regional Hub

  • UNDP IEO – Ms. Ana Rosa Soares, UNDP Independent Evaluation Office, Evaluation Advisor - The NEC Journey and the 18 NEC Commitments Baseline Study
  • UNDP RHAP - Mr. Caitlin Wiesen, Chief, Regional Policy and Programme Support for  Asia and the Pacific, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub - The transition from MDGs to SDGs, implications to the evaluation community, challenges and opportunities
  • EVALPARTNERS – Ms. Dorothy Lucks, EvalSDGs Chair - The Global Evaluation Agenda

Note taker: Supharat Kaewkhonkaen

Coordinator: Daniela Gasparikova 

Activity Venue: 
Grand Ballroom
12:45 to 14:00
14:00 to 15:30


SESSION 1 EvalSDGs – A Platform for Advocacy, Learning and Innovation for Evaluation

Chair/Commentator: AUSTRALIA - Ms. Dorothy Lucks, Secretary IOCE, Co-Chair EvalSDGs and Executive Director at SDF Global

  1. BRAZIL - Mr. Paulo Jannuzzi, National Secretary of Evaluation, Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger
  2. ALGERIA - Mr. Merzak Belhimeur, Director General, Economic Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. SOUTH AFRICA -Mr. Antonio Hercules, Director, Evaluation and Research, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
  4. UNDP NEPAL – Ms. Lazima Onta-Bhatta, UNDP Assistant Country Director
  5. CAMEROON – Mr. Debazou Yantio, Board Member of IDEAS

Note taker: Kristina Leuchowius
Coordinator: Saowani Bunwong

Ballroom C
SESSION 2 Use of Evaluation and Knowledge Management for Evidence Based Policy Making and Development

Chair/Commentator: UK - Mr. Elliot Stern, UNDP IEO Evaluation Advisory Panel Member, Professor of Evaluation Research, Lancaster University  

  1. UN WOMEN, THAILAND - Ms. Yumiko Kanemitsu, UN Women, Regional Evaluation Specialist, UNDAF Evaluations
  2. UNDP ALGERIA - Ms. Ana Cristina Da Costa Amaral, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Algeria, Mainstreaming evaluation in UNDP planning: the experience of Algeria(via videoconference)
  3. ALGERIA – Ms. Nassira Boutarfa, Algeria Court of Accounts
  4. INDONESIA - Mr. Indra Wisaksono, Directorate of Development Performance Evaluation Report and System, Ministry of National Development Planning , Evaluation as delivery mechanism in Indonesia Medium Term Development Planning
  5. UNRWA JORDAN - Mr. Robert Stryk,  UNRWA, Chief, Evaluation Division and UNEG Vice Chair- Impact of evaluation through better use  
  6. ALGERIA - Mr. Merzak Belhimeur, Director General, Economic Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Note taker: Kamolmas Jaiyen
Coordinator: Supharat Kaewkhonkaen


Ballroom A
SESSION 3 The Role of Parliamentarians to Promote National Evaluation Capacities to Support the SDGs 

Chair/Commentator:  SRI LANKA - Mr. Asela Kalugampitiya, EvalPartners Executive Coordinator     
  1. NEPAL - Hon. Mr. Ananda Prasad Pokharel, Coordinator, Member, Legislature Parliament, and on Development Evaluation in Nepal
  2. AFGHANISTAN -  Hon. Ms. Rangina Kargar, Member of the Afghanistan Parliament
  3. UNDP GAMBIA – Ms. Ade Lekoetje, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Gambia
  4. UNICEF - Ms. Ada Ocampo, UNICEF Senior Evaluation Advisor

Note taker: Asela Kalugampitiya

Mekong Meeting Room
SESSION 4 Addressing Gender Equity and Human Rights in Evaluations of Public Policies and Programmes 

Chair/Commentator: AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK - Mr. Rakesh Nangia,  Evaluator General (Vice President), African Development Bank  
  1. WORLD BANK - Ms. Caroline Heider, Director General and Senior Vice President, Evaluation, World Bank Group
  2. UNDP ARMENIA – Ms. Armine Hohvannisyan, UNDP RBM and Gender Equality Focal Point
  3. INDIA – Ms. Shagun Sabarwal, Senior Capacity Building Manager, Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia (J-PAL) at the Institute for Financial Management
  4. KENYA – Mr. Awuor Ponge, Board Member of IDEAS and President & Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation at the African Policy Centre

Note taker: Trung Le
Coordinator: Armine Hovhannisyan

Seine Meeting Room
SESSION 5 M&E Systems to Improve Performance of Policies and Programmes 

Chair/Commentator: UNDP RBAP – Ms. Francine Pickup, UNDP Strategic Planning Advisor
  1. BOTSWANA - Ms. Kemelo Mophuting Chief M&E Officer, National Strategy Office, Evolution of the National Monitoring and Evaluation System
  2. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Ms. Jacinta Bailey-Sobers, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Development -Building a robust Monitoring and Evaluation System
  3. GEORGIA -Ms. Tamara Razmadze,Head of Donor Coordination Unit, Measuring Progress towards SDGs through National Policy Monitoring and Evaluation System
  4. BRAZIL - Ms. Selma Serpa, Head, Evaluation and Performance Audit Department, Brazilian Court of Accounts  - The maturity of monitoring and evaluation systems of the Brazilian public administration                  
  5. EGYPT – Ms. Randa Hamza, Senior Advisor Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry of International Cooperation

Note taker: Heather Bryant
Coordinator: Marta Lanzoni

Ballroom B
15:30 to 16:00
16:00 to 17:30
JOINT SESSION 1 New Frontiers for Evaluation in a Fast Changing World

Chair/Commentator: WORLD BANK – Ms. Caroline Heider, Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank 

  1. UNITED KINGDOM - Mr. Chris Barnett, Director, Centre for Development Impact, Brighton
  2. THAILAND - Mr. Dechapiwat Na Songkhla, Deputy Budget Director, Bureau of the Budget
  3. SOUTH AFRICA – Mr. Richard Levin, Principal of the National School of Governance, South Africa and Chairperson of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association
  4. KENYA - Ms. Holly Dublin, Independent Expert

Note taker: Kristina Leuchowius
Coordinator: Volunteer

Ballroom A
JOINT SESSION 2 Evaluation Challenges and Innovations in Small Island Developing States

Chair/Commentator: GEF – Mr. Juha I. Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility

  1. ST. LUCIA - Mr. Edwin St. Catherine, Director of Statistics, Ministry of Economic Affairs
  2. AUSTRALIA – Mr. Jeremy Kohlitz, University of Technology
  3. COOK ISLANDS - Ms. Miimetua Nimerota, Senior Strategic Policy and Planning Adviser, Central Policy and Planning Unit, Office of the Prime Minister
  4. MARSHALL ISLANDS - Mr. Bruce Kijiner, Secretary. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. BARBADOS – Mr. David Todd, Director, International Development, Environment and Disasters     

Note taker: Sutharin Koonphol
Coordinator: Volunteer

Ballroom C
JOINT SESSION 3 The Role of Bilateral Agencies and the OECD-DAC Evalnet in Promoting NEC to Support the SDGs 

Chair/Commentator: FINLAND - Ms. Riitta Oksanen, Senior Advisor, Unit for Development Evaluation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs  
  1. MALAWI - Mr. Winston Nyasulu, Assistant Budget Director, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development - Steps towards successful evaluation of sustainable development goals
  2. NORWAY – Mr. Per Oyvind Bastoe, Director of the Evaluation Department of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  3. FRANCE - Mr. Hans Lundgren, Manager of the DAC Evaluation Network, OECD
  4. UNITED KINGDOM - Ms. Penny Hawkins, Head of Evaluation of Department for International Development (DFID)
  5. SOUTH AFRICA – Ms. Zenda Ofir, UNDP IEO Evaluation Advisory Panel Member

Note taker: Heather Bryant
Coordinator: Ana Rosa Monteiro Soares

 Ballroom B
19:00 to 22:00
Day 3
14 Sep
Plenary: Towards a longer-term initiative on national evaluation capacity: What is the way forward?
04:00 to 06:00

Chair: Mr. Juan Manuel Cordero         Rapporteurs: Ms. Hortensia Perez & Ms. Ana Rosa Soares Recap of emerging issues and lessons from Day 1 & 2 by Session Chairs and Rapporteurs


Tea/Coffee break
06:00 to 06:15
Plenary: Towards a longer-term initiative on national evaluation capacity: What is the way forward? -2
06:15 to 07:30

Discussion on implications for country cases and way forward

Closing Session: Closing Remarks
07:30 to 08:00

MCs: Ms. Azusa Kubota & Mr. Indran Naidoo

Mr. Mashwahle Diphofa, Director General, Office of the Public Service Commission

Mr. Ernest Fausther, OIC, UNDP Johannesburg Regional Service Center

Mr. Juha Uitto, OIC, Evaluation Office, UNDP

08:00 to 09:00