Members of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation meet every eight or nine months in Paris to discuss common concerns, share evaluation findings and identify opportunities for collaboration. The 13th meeting featured a substantive discussion on food security, based on a systematic review of evaluation evidence. Members focused on how such reviews can be used to inform decision making. In smaller break-out groups, members looked at progress made on evaluating in situations of conflict and fragility and discussed options for further joint work in fragile settings. Another group looked at evaluating support to the private sector support, an area that is becoming a top priority for many development actors.
The network reconfirmed its commitment to engaging with other development partners and supporting joint and country-led evaluation. Evaluating triangular co-operation programmes was identified as an area for possible further work; there is currently very little information available on the results and effectiveness of these programmes. Based on presentations from the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, the group discussed institutional changes and political pressures affecting evaluation in development agencies. A full summary record of the proceedings will be available shortly.
II. The 4th High Level Forum Outcome
III. Food Security
IV. Break-out Sessions
Private Sector Development
Members discussed engaging with partners to evaluate co-financed development programmes and support evaluation capacity development.
VI. Review/Updates of Ongoing Work
X. Other Business
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