IV-b Challenges in Evaluating the Sustainability of Development

Based on the unique expertise and experience of Juha I. Uitto (Director of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office) and Rob D. van den Berg (President of IDEAS and Visiting Professor, King’s College London, i.a.), this workshop introduces the complexities and challenges in evaluating sustainable development to intermediate evaluation professionals. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Agreement of December 2015 necessitate a fresh look at how environmental sustainability and longer term inclusive development are interlinked and can be assessed and evaluated. Participants will discuss how difficulties of scope, scale and timing, and linkages between climate change, natural resources management, poverty, gender and development, can and should be tackled in evaluations at different levels: projects, policies, and national strategies and priorities. The first day will touch upon concepts and contexts and on developing a critical, reflective mode in how to integrate the different domains of the environment, social behavior and the economy into a sustainability framework that allows countries to grow and poverty to be reduced in a sustainable way. Group work will allow participants to interact on evaluative solutions to these issues. Participants can expect exposure to a range of informed perspectives on how environment and development related evaluation is implemented at different levels (global, regional, national and at community level) and will be exposed to the opportunities and challenges these pose.

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Juha Uitto
Robert van den Berg