Evaluation Conclave 2015
The Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA) successfully conducted its 3rd Evaluation Conclave and the associated events at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal from 23 to 27 November, 2015. The Conclave, co-organized with EvalPartners and the Parliamentarians' Forum marked the Global Evaluation Week and the culmination of the celebrations revolving around the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) 2015.
On behalf of the CoE SA Governing Board, Dr. GanaPatiOjha, Vice President and Chairmen CoE Nepal welcomed the distinguished guests and the participants, following which Ms. Mallika R. Samaranayake, President, CoE SA made the opening remarks explaining the background to the CoE SA biennial Evaluation Conclave 2015. Graciously accepting her invitation Rt. Hon. K PSharma Oli,Prime Minister of Nepal inaugurated the Event in the presence of Hon. Ananda Prasad Pokharel, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Hon. SherdhanRai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The inaugural address was delivered by the world-renowned Participatory Development Specialist Dr Robert Chambers, Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex – UK, setting the theme for the 2015 Evaluation Conclave. Other Keynote Speeches at the inauguration were delivered by Mr. Marco Segone, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UN Women and Co-chairEvalPartners, Mr. Colin Kirk, Director, Office of Evaluation, UNICEF, Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC) Nepal and Mr. Robert McLean, Senior Program Specialist, Evaluation, International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The inaugural session concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. SonalZaveri Secretary, CoE SA.
The primary theme, ‘Building bridges: Use of Evaluation for decision making and policy influence’ was to bring state and non-state actors together on the same platform to facilitate transformative changes in policy and practice for developing countries around the world as we move into the Era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme of the Conclave is found here.
CoE-SA has been able to bring a galaxy of international, regional and national resource persons to the Conclave. Over 350 professionals from 61 countries participated in the Conclave. The Evaluation Conclave consisted of the following:
1. Sixteen (16) Pre-conclave skills development workshops and two Demonstrations;
2. Three (3) keynote panels by 10 eminent evaluation professionals;
3. Twenty-nine (29) Panels on subjects relating to evaluation, consisting of pre-formed Panels and
Panels formed by the Secretariat based on Abstracts submitted by the potential presenters; and
4. Complementary Side Events
The Report of the Conclave will be available at this site soon. Please visit the photo gallery on this website.