West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation

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.

Guillaume Colin and Pauline Penot

WACIE MAPThe 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.

Current opportunities

New: 3ie support for West African teams applying for the Partnership for Economic Policy’s call for expressions of interest

The Partnership for Economic Policy has issued a call for expressions of interest from teams in developing countries to evaluate a new or existing policy initiative in East and West Africa. Applicant teams should include government officials and researchers, those selected will receive training, technical support and mentorship. The deadline for applications is 11 March. Visit the organisation’s website for more details.

3ie is offering support during the submission process to interested applicant teams based in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal or Togo. To know more about the type of support we can offer, or if you require an English summary, please write to wacie@3ieimpact.org.

Download announcement about 3ie support (in French)

Recent events

3ie and the Government of Benin, in collaboration with other partners, organised a two-day conference to present the West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) Program activities, and share findings from a scoping study on evaluation capacity and opportunities in the region.

La première conférence du Programme de renforcement des capacités et d'évaluation de l'impact en Afrique de l'Ouest (WACIE)

3ie et le gouvernement du Bénin, en collaboration avec d’autres partenaires, organisent une conférence de deux jours pour la présentation des activités du Programme de renforcement des capacités et d'évaluation de l'impact en Afrique de l'Ouest (WACIE) et la présentation des résultats de l’étude exploratoire sur les capacités et les opportunités d’évaluation dans la région

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. 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

WACIE evaluation for agendaIn 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.

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