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    This course provides a good understanding of African Development Bank’s (AfDB) financial products and services and the environment within which the Bank’s resources are raised and allocated. 

    Ce cours offre une bonne compréhension des produis et services financiers offerts par le groupe de la Banque Africaine de Développement et l’environnement dans lequel celle-ci lève et alloue ses ressources. 

    The ‘gradual transition to green growth’ alongside inclusive growth, are the core objectives guiding the Bank’s Strategy for 2013-2022  which aims to advance Africa’s economic transformation and improve human welfare, while managing the profound socioeconomic and environmental challenges the continent faces. 

    The overall purpose of the course is to sensitise Bank Staff on gender issues.

    Specific Objectives


    1. To help Bank Staff understand the concept of Gender at a Global, Regional and Institutional levels

    2. To discuss the common causes of gender inequality especially at workplace within the African context

    3. To provide tools on how to manage cultural diversity at the workplace

    4. How to mainstream gender into Bank operations


    The overarching goal of the capacity building event is to enhance capacity of parliamentarians in addressing key bottlenecks in improving value for money, sustainability and accountability in health and social sectors. The objectives of the event are to:

    • Discuss key challenges and share knowledge and best practices in implementing strategies that improve value for money;
    • Build capacity of parliamentarians to play their role in ensuring value for money;
    • Identify areas of in-depth capacity building and continued learning on improving value for money

    The key thematic areas for capacity building include: high impact interventions; evidence based planning; efficient resource transfer and tracking; inequalities and equity focused interventions in social/health sectors; health and social sector financing; input market; result based financing; and governance, accountability and community voice.


    The overarching goal of this training is to build in-country capacity of senior officials and CSOs to address key bottlenecks in improving value for money in health and social services. During the training participants will†discuss, among others,  key challenges and share knowledge and best practices in implementing strategies that improve value for money. 
    The key areas for training include: high impact interventions; evidence based planning; efficient resource transfer and tracking; inequalities and equity focused interventions in social/health sectors; health and social sector financing; input market; result based financing; and governance, accountability and community voice.


    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken a lead role in putting value for money, sustainability and accountability on the policy agenda across the social sectors in Africa. 

    The goal of the capacity-building program is to build in-country capacity to implement the Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector.

    The course is  aimed at building the capacity of senior officials and CSOs, parliamentarians, and ministers in value for money, and to administer the course in collaboration with AfDB and selected partners.

    dialogueAn important recent  development in the area of building capacity  for policy dialogue in African countries has  been the establishment and promotion of  national think tanks.

    The  purpose of this activity is to link the think tanks  and facilitate networking among African think  tanks on one hand and link them withinternational think tanks such as the Brookings and Korea Development Institute  while sharpening the policy dialogue engagement.

    moneyWhile African countries are witnessing growth resurgence since the turn of the century, they have not achieved commensurate progress in poverty reduction. A key reason is that growth has not generated proportionate job creation and that growth has not been broad based. Strategies to accelerate poverty reduction must therefore involve a refocusing of macroeconomic policy on ‘real’ development goals, notably employment creation and inclusive growth, over and beyond the traditional short-term objective of macroeconomic stability. In this context, this course discusses innovative policies for generating growth that is inclusive and accompanied by employment creation and poverty reduction. The course is organized around the eight topics described below. Selected readings are provided under each topic. More documentation will be provided during the workshop.


    Capital flightAfrican countries have experienced large-scale capital flight, even as they face large and growing financing gaps. This is a major obstacle to their efforts to achieve sustained high growth and poverty reduction. In this context, the objective of this workshop is to highlight expected gains from capital flight reversal in terms of development financing. Following a discussion of the nature and magnitude of capital flight from African countries, the workshop will explores strategies to curb capital flight, enhance its reversal and repatriation, and maximize the gains in terms of economic development.  It will underscore the importance of capital flight reversal as part of the national and continental agenda to reach sustainable development financing.

    sharingWater and sanitation sector (WSS) specialists from 10 African countries and experts from Europe and Africa will meet in Rabat, Morocco, from November 13 to 14, 2013, to discuss lessons from evaluations of WSS projects in Africa. Water and sanitation services are critical for urban and rural populations. However, evaluation findings indicate that funding alone will not ensure sustainable services; Technical and human capacity is essential to meet the range of challenges and achieve needed results. This is particularly true in a context of global warming and increasing urban density in African cities.

    The workshop, jointly organized by the African Development Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department and the Islamic Development Bank Group Evaluation Group, aims to foster learning from self- and independent evaluations. Indeed, evaluations of water and sanitation projects implemented by development agencies provide useful lessons about what works well and what does not work. They offer concrete knowledge that can improve services for beneficiary populations and ensure the sustainability of projects. Appropriating and using evaluation processes and results and thinking effectively is an essential first step to doing things better.

    Evaluation is an effective learning tool that can help improve development interventions in Africa and ensure that they are effective and are making a difference in the lives of Africans. The African Development Bank, along with its partner countries, aims to ensure that its programs and projects are managed for results, and that suitable management practices and controls are in place and are working.

    Welcome to ECoP, the Community of Practice for the Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV) of the African Development Bank. OPEV is an independent unit dedicated to enhancing the development effectiveness of the Bank and its regional member countries.

    You are welcome to join like-minded professionals to share views and exchange knowledge on evaluation issues. Evaluation maters.

    opevEvaluation capacity development in Regional Member Countries (RMCs) has long been part of mandate of the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank. In this context, IDEV is organising a series of evaluation trainings as part of its evaluation capacity development program, specifically, a pilot project on strengthening national evaluation systems in Ethiopia and Tanzania with funding from the Finnish Trust Fund.

    The overall aim of the evaluation capacity development program is to encourage and facilitate promulgation of the use of evaluation information in policymaking and resource allocation in all levels of governments in the pilot countries. This would contribute to a culture of evidence-based decision-making in the public sector, and improve development outcomes of the public investment program.

    The IPDET’s Core Course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of development monitoring and evaluation. The Core Course is made up of 14 instructional modules, which follow chapters in The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations, co-authored by Linda G. Morra Imas and Ray C. Rist. Please see attached the preliminary schedule. The course is designed for those with little prior evaluation experience or training, or those seeking to refresh and update their knowledge. Special emphasis is placed on the following:

    • understanding the development evaluation context;
    • constructing and using theories of change;
    • developing a results-based monitoring system;
    • using an evaluation design matrix to plan an evaluation; and
    • considering the full range of designs for answering evaluation questions.

    evaluationThe focus on results has been prominent part of the development agenda in the last decade. Muchofthediscussionofresultshasfocusedonoutcomemonitoring,suchastheattention devoted to tracking the Millennium Development Goals. Whilst useful, outcome monitoringcannottellustheimpactofaninterventionandsocannotbeusedtomakeanassessment of the contribution an agency has made to development.