Zambia today marked the International year of Evaluation with the launch of the Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association which has been formed to raise standards of research, monitoring and evaluation practice.
The International year of Evaluation was declared by the United Nations General Assembly after it was approved at last year’s meeting with a view of placing emphasis on the importance of building capacities for evaluation of development activities at the country level.
This day is commemorated in order to coordinate efforts to strengthen capacities of member states to develop a strong competency in evaluation.
ZANIS reports that Deputy Minister of Finance Christopher Mvunga graced the 2015 International Year of Evaluation at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka by also launching the Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association which was formed last year.
Mr. Mvunga said stakeholders should take keen interest in monitoring and evaluation because it is critical to decision making and understanding progress being made in development efforts.
The Deputy Minister said government expects the launch of the Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association to enhance monitoring and evaluation capacities in the country.
And UNICEF Zambia Officer-in-charge Shadrack Omol stated that generating evidence and using evaluation to improve people’s lives through better policymaking is the reason why 2015 was declared as the International year of Evaluation.
Mr. Omol said UNICE as a member of the United Nations Evaluation group looks forward to working with all partners in Zambia to enhance national evaluation capacities during the 2015 International year of evaluation and beyond.
Meanwhile Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association Chairman Ian Membe said the association will focus on lifting the standards of theory and practice of monitoring and evaluation and to ensure and advocate for good quality supply and demand for monitoring and evaluation in the country.