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.
WHO established a Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help contain the tobacco epidemic in Africa. EnCompass provided support to WHO in selecting the host organization, Makerere University in Uganda, and assisted the new Centre in articulating a vision, as well as developing its business plan and a robust monitoring and evaluation system.
EnCompass supported capacity-building activities under the Uganda Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) project, part of the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) program in Uganda. This project’s goal is to increase the use of IRS in Uganda, which reduces malaria transmission.
After opening the clinic in northern Uganda, PCAF mental health staff requested specialized HIV training because they felt it was critical to address their clients’ mental health and HIV care and support needs in a holistic and knowledgeable manner. In northern Uganda, mental health service providers must know their individual client, and having HIV knowledge and experience is key to being effective in their work. In comparison to the rest of the country, estimated HIV prevalence in northern Uganda is significantly higher (8 to 12 percent compared to 6.7 percent).