What is the future of evaluation in Africa? This is a question on many minds as evaluation professionals ponder global trends in their industry. Participants at the 2017 African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference in Kampala, Uganda, discussed cultural context at length and generally agreed that increasing African-led evaluations in Africa should be a priority. Kelsey Simmons, Evaluation Specialist at EnCompass, participated in these discussions, where she learned that EnCompass’ efforts to build a partner- or mentorship-style relationship with African evaluators in order to strengthen their capacity were both needed and appreciated.
We sat down with Kelsey upon her return to learn more about her experience at the AfrEA International conference.
EnCompass serves in Gender and Quality Improvement advisor roles for the AIDSFree project, which aims to improve the effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions, and accelerate the speed with which these interventions are brought to scale at the country-level. EnCompass provides capacity development and technical support to USAID missions, host-country governments, and HIV/AIDS implementers as a subcontractor to John Snow, Inc.
EnCompass conducted a strategic evaluation of the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC) grant to the American Cancer Society. The evaluation provided a description of the project’s evolution, assessed the efficacy of the ATCC structure to achieve desired outcomes, and explored alternative strategies for future investments by the Gates Foundation in African civil society efforts in tobacco control.
EnCompass was a subcontractor to John Snow, Inc. for the AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Program Task Order 1 (AIDSTAR-One), a mechanism to implement the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The AIDSTAR-One Project focused on HIV prevention, care, and treatment. EnCompass provided expertise in quality improvement, cost-effectiveness, policy, and gender equality.
EnCompass assisted a United Nations agency with its engagement in the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD) held in Geneva. The GSSD Expo presents successful southern development solutions that address the Millennium Development Goals. EnCompass designed the content and format of the Expo’s first HIV/AIDS Solutions Forum, and wrote a white paper to guide the agency’s strategy for facilitating south-south collaboration.
This paper on South-South collaboration was written as a primer on the topic for participants at a Ministerial Leadership Initiative workshop in Ethiopia in November 2010. The paper explores the meaning of the concept, its history to date, and offers case examples of successful South-South efforts.
A key strategy for maximizing financial resources and strengthening human resource capacity within and across countries is south-to-south technical assistance, defined as an exchange of expertise and resources between two or more developing countries on a bilateral, regional, subregional, or interregional basis.