Message From The President
This is the first African Evaluation Conference holding in Anglophone West Africa since the association was formed in 1999 and this is not the only unique thing about this conference.
It is the first one being organized by the AfrEA Secretariat hosted for the first time in a public institution- the University of Ghana, Legon.
The Theme of Conference- Rights & Responsibility in Development Evaluation is an attempt to place humans and human agency at the heart and centre of development practice and in particular development evaluation. Development, of the done kind, is pursued in the interest and for the transformation of the human condition for the better, to improve lives, life outcomes and perchance lived experiences and living environments.
In the recent past development evaluation and indeed much of development has been consumed by the search for ‘the’ best method for doing development evaluation for the obvious reasons of less the than successful decades-long development engagement and expenditures running into billions. Although this engagement with ‘method’ is understandable it ought not to be the reason under any guise whatsoever for the abdication of the raison d’etre of development action.
We believe that in order to place the human person and indeed the environment which sustains at centre of development, it is imperative to interrogate the subject of Right and Responsibility. For the simple reason that Development is ‘done’ by many in the name of many and has many different faces, it is important to pause at a time as auspicious as now in human history when the whole world is wracked by crises and uncertainties; about the climate, about the euro, about capitalism, in politics- in North Africa and parts of the Middle East, to ask the questions we may have forgotten or refused to ask.
It is our hope that in asking and attempting to answer the question of Rights and Responsibility of the many who act at the behest of themselves on behalf of the many in the name of development we might begin a journey of claiming the true future of development.
On behalf of the Board of the African Evaluation Association, I welcome you to the feast we have prepared in this Conference.
On offer are; 60 conference papers in two languages; French & English; 21 preconference workshops including 13 half-day workshops, 7 one-day workshops and 2 two-day workshops; exhibitions by National Evaluation Associations & Special Interest Group members of
Florence E. Etta
6th AfrEA President