Advisor on evaluation and evidence systems, CLEAR Anglophone Africa; former deputy director general, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, The Presidency, South Africa
Ian has worked for 40 years in 18 countries on rural development, decentralisation, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development, and evidence-based policymaking and implementation. Ian is currently leading a research project on evidence-informed practice in Africa at the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also lectures at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town and is a visiting professor the University of Reading, UK.
Previously, Ian was the deputy director general in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, where he led the establishment of the national evaluation system. He is also one of the founders of Twende Mbele, a partnership of African government and other M&E agencies that includes Uganda, Benin, South Africa, CLEAR AA and the African Development Bank. Ian has been a 3ie board commissioner since 2012.