APEA fully supports the initiatives of the international evaluation community in its effort to advance the cause of evaluation globally.
The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, International Development Research (IDRC), the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG)’s Task Force on National Evaluation capacities, UN WOMEN, African Evaluation Association (AfREA), European Evaluation Society (EES), and the Latin American and Caribbean M&E Network (ReLAC) have launched an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of civil society organizations (CSO) aimed at influencing policy makers, public opinion, and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and equality. The initiative was designed to enhance the capacities of CSOs to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, and to influence country‐led evaluation systems. This is especially significant in the face of new global developments that pose challenges to the evaluation practice.
These developments include, particularly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which tests the capability of practitioners in demonstrating how empirical way of measuring interventions can provide credible evidence of success and performance –a process that would put true meaning to SDGs. APEA, along with its international, regional, national, and other sorts of partners in the global evaluation community –affirms its strong commitment for working dedicatedly in taking the SDG challenge.