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 is leading this program in partnership with the Government of Benin.

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. The initial program cycle will run from 2018-2020.

With technical and financial support from the Government of Benin, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the West African Development Bank and the Hewlett Foundation, 3ie and the Benin government are collaborating to implement this program.

Request for proposals: regional scoping study for the WACIE

3ie invited applications from organizations or consortia to design and implement a stakeholder mapping and needs assessment of evaluation capacity and evidence needs in eight WACIE countries.

Please note this programme is now closed for applications. To find out more about the scope of this programme,  please read the detailed  Request for Proposals (127.8 KB)

At a glance

  • This call is open to any legally registered organization(s) with experience in conducting stakeholder mapping and needs assessments in low- and middle-income countries. Proficiency in French is required. Individuals cannot apply.
  • Preference will be given to organizations with experience implementing impact evaluations, building evaluation capacity and/or using evidence for program and policy development with stakeholders in the West or Central Africa regions.
  • Teams should include nationals from West Africa, preferably with evaluation experience in at least one of the WACIE member countries.
  • Proposals received will be reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria and a grant up to 100,000 USD will be made to the selected applicant.

Key documents

3ie indirect cost policy (208.9 KB)

3ie direct cost policy (208.6 KB)

3ie budget template (267.5 KB)


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.


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 (3ie member) 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.

Download the book

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