Dr. Rosaine Nerice Yegbemey was one of my closest friends and colleagues over the past 10 years. From the time we met back in 2009, we both realized quickly that we have a common passion for evidence production and use through evaluations. Since then, we have developed several research and capacity building projects together. We were committed to influence the ecosystem of policy evaluation in Africa with the highest quality and standard. We've been doing this together through 3ie, the African School of Economics, the University of Parakou, the University of Abomey-Calavi, the African Institute for Monitoring and Impact Evaluation (Le Barometre), the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Mathematica Policy Research project, and more, where we always make sure we work together in one way or the other.
Dr. Rosaine was also a good friend who would give me a call late in the night or early morning to say "Hi", to plan a visit, or request my advice. We know each other's family members very well. He was that second brother that I do not have.
We all agree that he is such a brain! Smart, calm and committed to deliver. His publications speak loudly though they represent a fraction of his intellectual achievements. The community of evaluators, Benin Republic, his friends, his family and I myself lost "a human asset".
My prayers go particularly to his wife, father and mother, and his four children. Rosaine, may your great and kind soul rest in peace!
Your friend and brother
Deo-Gracias Houndolo, Regional Coordinator WACIE - Senior Evaluation Specialist