West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation Program

The West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) program is a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. 3ie and the Government of Benin have partnered to lead the design and implementation of this program.

The program aims to promote the culture of evidence-informed decision-making among high-level policy makers, especially those within the finance, economy and planning ministries. This will be conducted primarily through evaluation capacity-building activities; the production of high-quality, rigorous evidence; and continuous engagement with leading stakeholders to ensure evidence uptake and use.

This programme has received technical and financial support from the Benin government, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the West African Development Bank and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

3ie awarded a grant to Johns Hopkins University's Institute for International Programs to design and implement a stakeholder mapping and needs assessment of evaluation capacity and evidence needs in the eight WACIE countries. To know more about the scope of work, read the request for proposals.

Goals and outcomes

We hope to achieve five principal outcomes through this program:

  • Better understanding of the supply of and demand for rigorous evidence in West Africa;
  • Improved capacity in WACIE countries to articulate evaluable questions and to conduct evaluations;
  • More high-quality evidence on policy issues that are priorities for WACIE countries;
  • More take-up of high-quality evidence by relevant stakeholders that affects people’s lives; and
  • More buy-in from governments to institutionalize evaluation.

For more information on this programme, please write to wacie@3ieimpact.org

Benin Evaluation Days, 6 – 8 August 2018, Cotonou, Benin

The Benin Evaluation Days (Journées Béninoises de l’Evaluation) is a bi-annual event organised by the Benin government, which brings together regional actors to promote the culture of evaluation and evidence-informed policymaking. On day 1, the Benin government introduced regional actors to the West Africa Capacity Building and Impact Evaluation program, which it jointly manages in partnership with 3ie. 3ie’s Sara Pacqué-Margolis gave the keynote speech and participated in a panel on promoting evidence use through international cooperation.

The event received good local press coverage. News articles on the conference were published in La Nation, a national daily newspaper and Benin7, a leading news website. Both the articles quote Pascal Koupaki, Minister of State, and Secretary of the Presidency, Benin and Abdoulaye Gounou, chief of the Bureau of Public Policy Evaluation, Benin and 3ie board commissioner. 


Evaluation for Agenda 2030; providing evidence on progress and sustainability

In a recent book published by UNDP-IDEAS, Abdoulaye Gounou, director-general of Benin’s Public Policy Evaluation Bureau and 3ie board commissioner, writes about 3ie’s WACIE program. He praises 3ie’s approach to engaging with developing country governments and support to strengthen national monitoring and evaluation systems.

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