The core partners of Twende Mbele represent a strong team of national country governments, and institutional partners with a proven history of evaluation capacity development on the continent. Partners are committed to seeing national evaluation systems grow, and strengthen accountability of governments in Africa.
For a programme such as Twende to work there has to be a commitment from partners to common underlying values and principles. These principles (The Twende World View) are:
- The project is owned and driven by African governments;
- Countries participating should have a serious commitment to doing monitoring and evaluation;
- At least two countries must be involved in each collaboration, so that the activities leverage on the added value from collaboration across countries;
- We can learn from each other and develop common approaches, but then these need to be adapted for each country’s specific context;
- M&E should be used to improve learning, performance and accountability, not for its own sake;
- We commit to doing things differently as a result of the learnings from the project;
- The activities should build on and not duplicate related regional initiatives;
- Knowledge generated is owned by all parties and potentially available to the wider community;
- We must practice what we preach and document and reflect on learnings from the project;
- We must be accountable to each other and to the supporters – so the programme should be managed in a transparent and professional way;
- Funding and the project plan should be flexible enough to respond to emerging opportunities.
Our Institutional Partners
Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa
The Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) initiative is a global, multilateral partnership that aims to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to focus on results and evidence-based decision-making. It was established in 2010 to lead sustained and innovative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance management capacity-building in partner countries through a network of regional academic institutions.
CLEAR-AA has combined the tools and methods of global evaluation practice, the experiences of our sister centres, and best practice that has emerged from the independent evaluation group that informs support to regional centres through the CLEAR global secretariat. CLEAR-AA has harnessed this global and regional wisdom into four result areas that speak to:
- Stronger and deeper knowledge networks disseminating good practice on the use of M&E (Supporting an enabling environment for embedding evaluation systems).
- Enhanced capacity and professionalisation of evaluation expertise across Anglophone Africa; (Establishing strong individual capabilities for evaluation).
- Greater number of institutions motivated to use M&E approaches (Strengthening institutional capacities for facilitating, resourcing, delivering and using evaluations).
- Enhanced body of knowledge using evaluation in public policy and decision-making in Africa. (Working on the interlinkages of the above three areas to produce the latter).
CLEAR-AA is also the contract holder and implementing partner of Twende Mbele.
For further information on how CLEAR-AA is doing all this, visit their website at: www.clear-aa.co.za
Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank
IDEV, the Independent Development Evaluation of the African Development Bank, is an independent unit tasked with enhancing the development effectiveness of the Bank’s operations. By conducting independent evaluations and proactively sharing best practice, IDEV ensures that the Bank and its stakeholders learn from past experience and plan and deliver development activities to the highest possible standards. IDEV carries out independent evaluations of Bank operations, policies and strategies, working across projects, sectors, themes, regions, and countries. IDEV also undertakes knowledge management, dissemination and outreach activities around its evaluations, and supports the development of evaluation capacities both in the Bank and in its Regional Member Countries. All of IDEV’s activities are designed to meet the following three key objectives:
- To provide a basis for accountability: To key stakeholders including citizens, governments, funders and partners, by evaluating and documenting the impact of the Bank’s activities.
- To contribute to enhanced learning: Helping to improve current and future policies, strategies, projects, and processes.
- To promote an evaluation culture: Within the Bank and regional member countries to encourage a process of continuous learning and improvement. IDEV has a wealth of experience, expertise, and knowledge from evaluating the Bank’s development projects across Africa.
IDEV has significant experience working with countries to build national evaluation capacity and government systems, and also implement evaluation capacity initiatives for African parliamentarians and sub-regional development finance institutions. They joined the Management Committee in 2016 to advise and collaborate on the Twende Mbele activities, and to provide linkages to potential new countries wishing to join the Twende partnership.
IDEV/AfDB Management Committee Members
Rakesh Nangia is the Evaluator General and Vice President of the African Development Bank. He was appointed to lead the independent evaluation function at the African Development Bank in January 2012.
Mr. Nangia has more than 25 years’ experience in development work. Prior to joining the AfDB, he was the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Human Development Network at the World Bank. At the World Bank, he served in many different capacities including Acting Vice President for the World Bank Institute (2007-2009) and Manager, Portfolio and Country Operations, in Vietnam (2001-2006). Before moving to Vietnam, Mr. Nangia was based in Tanzania (1998-2001).
Mr. Nangia attended the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and Harvard University. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Engineering.
Karen Rot-Münstermann is the manager of the Knowledge Management, Outreach, and Capacity Development Division (IDEV3). The division is responsible for disseminating the evaluations conducted by IDEV, encouraging learning from evaluation findings and recommendations, and promoting an evaluation culture.
Karen joined IDEV in June 2014, prior to which she worked in the AfDB’s Resource Mobilization Department, responsible for the three-yearly replenishment process of the African Development Fund and the allocation of ADF resources to African countries.
Before joining the Bank 6 years ago, Karen worked at the Dutch Ministry of Finance (Treasury, Foreign Financial Relations Department).
Karen holds degrees in Political Science, European Studies, and Economics.