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Session 11: Development Evaluation


Practices and Developments in International Development Evaluation:
Localization, Decolonialization, Conflict and Climate Change


In this session, participants will engage in a participatory, group conversation on key challenging and emergent practices in international development evaluation, exploring issues of context, methodology, institutions, scale, urgency, power... The facilitated conversation will be informed by guests bringing diverse experience from across the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding (HDP) nexus. The session’s conversational methodology will serve as an invitation and create opportunity for all participants in the room to share experience and inform our collective learning.


Eric Abitbol, PhD is CEO and Practice Leader in Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation at Universalia, based in Montreal. In his Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) practice, Dr. Abitbol has supported the Green Climate Fund (GCF), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), African Development Bank (AfDB) and others. He is particularly interested in the construction of meaning and value ascribed to human practices. A British Chevening Scholar, he has a PhD in Hydropolitical Peacebuilding (Peace Studies).

Presenters / Panellists:

Dr. Archi Rastogi is the Chief Evaluation Advisor of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU). Formerly a Consultant with Universalia, he has over 17 years of experience in various sectors, ranging from grassroots NGOs to media, academia, the United Nations and management consulting. He has a PhD in the Natural Resources Science, MSc in Environmental Management, and an MSc in Biological Sciences. He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Amanda Woomer is a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) practitioner with a thematic focus on environmental peacebuilding, climate resilience and security, and conflict sensitivity. Formerly a Consultant with Universalia, she has ten years of experience supporting a variety of international development organizations in crafting and implementing effective and appropriate MEL systems and in conducting formative and outcome focused evaluations. Her partners have included the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, IOM, Environmental Law Institute, Columbia University, Habitat for Humanity, and The Carter Center. Dr. Woomer is particularly interested in participatory, contextually relevant, inclusive, and conflict sensitive approaches that are accessible and empowering. She is currently Senior Consultant – Nature & Environment, with Oxford Policy Management.

Dr. Silas Mvulirwenande, PhD is a Senior Consultant at Universalia Management Group. A specialist in the fields of Water Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Studies, with a background in Urban Environmental Management, Silas has a strong passion for the international development sector, with more than 15 years of combined research and evaluation experience.