The SGCID, in collaboration with AECID and FIIAPP, organised a conference in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) to reflect on the institutionalisation of evaluation in the Ibero-American context.
FIIAPP director Pedro Flores lights a candle with the rest of the attendees to celebrate the International Year of Evaluation.
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SGCID) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), organised a conference in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) to reflect on the institutionalisation of evaluation in the Ibero-American context.
This event is another in a series of initiatives driven from Latin America and provides continuity to the support SGCID, AECID and FIIAPP have been providing to public institutions, professional associations and academic centres in the region.
The conference, in which FIIAPP director Pedro Flores participated, was an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt regarding the institutionalisation of evaluation in Ibero-American countries and to foster reflection on the main challenges faced in evaluation. The participants included representatives of public institutions from Ibero-American countries which currently have policy or programme evaluation duties assigned to them or which have an interest in advancing in this area. Among them, there were representatives of institutions from the five countries (Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) that comprise the Working Group on Institutionalisation of Evaluation, which is coordinated by the FIIAPP’s Evaluation Programme.
The year 2015 is especially important for evaluation of the progress made. On the one hand, it has been declared the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear). The initiative, which started in 2013 during the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities in São Paulo, Brazil, aims to support and promote evaluation and informed, evidence-based decision-making at the international, national, regional, and local level.
On the other hand, the Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Objectives involve a need for greater accountability to citizens at the global level, and require evaluation of the commitments of the international community from the very beginning.