Celebrating a New Chapter at the NAE – 2024 AGM

The Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE) recently held its highly anticipated 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 30th. This year’s AGM was a landmark event, marked by the transition to a new governance structure, with the election of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Board of Trustees (BoT). The AGM brought together members from across the nation to reflect on the past, acknowledge the efforts of the outgoing caretakers, and usher in a new era of leadership and vision.

Key Highlights

Transition of Leadership: One of the pivotal moments of the AGM was the announcement of the new National Executive Committee (NEC), who were elected a day before. Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje, the Chair of the Election Committee, efficiently led the electoral process, ensuring transparency and integrity throughout. The newly elected NEC members are:

  1. National President: Associate Prof. Ibrahim UMAR
  2. National Vice President: Ms. Yetunde Oluwakemi ADEGOKE
  3. National General Secretary: Mr. Rinji KWARKAS
  4. Assistant General Secretary: Mr. Nuruddeen MUHAMMED
  5. National Financial Secretary: Mr. Taoheed SIKIRU
  6. National Public Secretary: Mrs. Ruth Baka EDWARD

This diverse and capable leadership team is poised to drive positive change and innovation within the NAE, ensuring the association’s continued growth and relevance in the field of evaluation. The office of the Treasurer is still vacant as there were no contestants for that position.

Board of Trustees Election: The AGM also saw the re-election of the Board of Trustees, with members reaffirming their confidence in the existing BoT. The newly elected members were unanimously approved for another five-year term. Additionally, Mrs. Olasumbo Yakubu was welcomed as a new member of the BoT, replacing the late Mr. Raymond Akor, whose legacy and contributions were fondly remembered.

Appreciation for the Caretaker Committee:

A heartfelt appreciation was extended to the Caretaker Committee, led by Dr. Sulleiman Adediran, for their significant contributions over the past two years. Their efforts in reforming the association and restructuring its electoral processes were instrumental in the successful conduction of the elections. The Finance Secretary, Mrs. Patience Ogwara, also presented a detailed overview of the association’s financial status, highlighting the positive strides made in financial management and transparency.

Appreciation for the Electoral Committee: The Electoral Committee, chaired by Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje, was commended for its dedication and exemplary service throughout the electoral process. Despite challenges, the committee maintained the integrity and fairness of the elections, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.

Looking Forward

In his closing remarks, the newly elected President, Prof. Ibrahim Umar, expressed gratitude for the successful conclusion of the AGM and extended heartfelt appreciation to all stakeholders for their unwavering support. He emphasized the importance of collaboration and collective action in achieving the NAE’s goals, calling upon members to advance the association’s objectives and promote excellence in evaluation practices.

The Chairman of the BoT, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, also commended the incoming executives for their willingness to assume leadership roles. He highlighted the importance of continuity, stability, and strategic vision in guiding the association forward.

With a sense of optimism and renewed purpose, the AGM concluded, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the Nigerian Association of Evaluators’ journey towards greater impact and success. The date for the next AGM will be announced in due course.

Stay tuned for more updates from the NAE as we embark on this exciting new phase of growth and development.


An Address by Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, OFR, CON, at the Abuja LSE Talks British High Commissioner’s Residence, Maitama, Abuja

An Address by Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, OFR, CON, at the Abuja LSE Talks

British High Commissioner’s Residence, Maitama, Abuja.

To Serve with Knowledge, Integrity and Humility
1. Introduction
1.1 If your alma mater has recorded the following achievements:
● it is 126 years old and was founded by five members of the Fabian Society,
including George Bernard Shaw
● has over 155,000 Alumni that are change makers, influencers and leaders
that are making profound impact on their societies
● has Alumni from virtually all regions of the globe who are active in virtually
all sectors of the economy and society.
● has Alumni that include 55 past and current Heads of State (including J. F.
Kennedy) and 18 Nobel Prize winners
● is, out of all European universities, the one that has produced most
billionaires, including George Soros
● has produced several Central Bank Governors, including Janet Yellen,
Stanley Fischer, Mervin King and Paul Volker
● as once reported by the U.K Guardian, is a school whose political clout is
“closely wired into parliament, Whitehall and the Bank of England”
● that, coming closer home, is one that has produced:
○ 2 Kenyan Presidents, including Jomo Kenyatta
○ 3 Ghanian Presidents, including Kwame Nkurumah
○ Notable Nigerians, including statesmen and public figures like
Obafemi Awolowo, Augustus Akinloye, Ibrahim Gambari and our current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Bankers like Subomi Balogun,

Pascal Dozie, Atedo Peterside, Aig Imoukhuede, Bolaji Balogun and Ubadigbo Okonkwo, and other notable alumni, such as Bayo Kuku, Tunde Folawiyo, Salamatu Sulaiman, Kingsley Moghalu, Garba Donli, etc.



The DAC Criteria Guidance 2021

The OECD DAC just published their long-awaited guidance on the appropriate application of the (in)famous DAC evaluation criteria which were updated and adopted on December 2019. Everyone who uses the criteria should study this useful guidance in depth, as this thoughtful post by Michaela Raab also emphasises. Megan and those who supported her deserve credit for what they have done. The guidance will be critical in helping to avoid the pitfalls in using the criteria, which many said were the main problem with the original set.

The guidance is an important step. The updated criteria have even more easy-to-ignore demands stacked under each one. For more about the debates around their merit and usefulness, see my critical 2018 blog post series on the DAC criteria. The posts solicited many thoughtful comments from around the world. But despite this helpful guidance I am still not a fan. There is now more recognition of the need to demand evaluations informed by a complex adaptive systems view of the world, but the criteria are still too safe and comfortable amidst a world in turmoil and in dire need of systems change and transformative action.

Selecting and defining evaluation criteria are a serious professional matter. Together with evaluation questions, criteria lay out the contours for an assessment. The worldview, assumptions and values that underlie the criteria we use shape the findings, judgments, recommendations and lessons that flow from each assessment.

This is of particular importance in the case of these DAC criteria, as they are set to remain enormously powerful, especially in the Global South, despite expressions of modesty from persons involved in their design and promotion. This is why they deserve in-depth, ongoing scrutiny by well-informed, thoughtful persons who have NOT been steeped in outdated narratives about how the world – and development – are supposed to work.

For important additional or alternative perspectives, see the approaches of ALNAP, the Network of Southern Think-tanks Africa (NeST Africa) with its contributions to South-South cooperation with its very different underlying principles and hence implied criteria, and Michael Quinn Patton in this article, which reflects my view that the criteria are fine for ‘business as usual summative and accountability evaluations’, but remain inadequate for addressing systems change and transformation from local to global level.

Yet that is what we need to do in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming crises resulting from the Anthropocene and extreme capitalism. The DAC criteria still do not encourage us well enough to play a more dynamic and thoughtful role in facing the world’s most important and most urgent challenges.

So, it is essential that commissioners do not fall into new comfort zones, but look afresh at each evaluation to see which criteria out of a broad range will add enough value and be bold enough to get to the essence of what we need to understand and assess to ensure that evaluation can make a difference beyond some incremental inputs. Otherwise we will continue to fiddle at the edges of “development”, whether in the Global South, or in the Global North where all well-off societies need to rethink their relationship with the whole community of life on which we all depend.


Agba Receives Draft National Policy Document On Monitoring And Evaluation

Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, has received a draft Policy document on National Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) as a tool to measure results and link evaluation evidence to policy, planning and budgeting processes to promote public accountability and learning for improved performance.

The document which is the first draft policy on M&E in Nigeria was developed by a tripartite team comprising Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, UNICEF and a consultant, Ian C. Davies.

Receiving the document on Tuesday, in Abuja, the Minister commended the team for its effort, adding that he would look at, make necessary input into the document, and present it to the National Economic Council (NEC), before its final submission to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), for approval.

Agba also stated that the Medium-Term National Development Plans (MTNDPs 2021-2025 & 2026-2030) and the Nigeria Agenda 2050 currently being developed, extensively encouraged the institutionalization of M& E in Nigeria’s developmental process because “what is not monitored is not done.”

He also said that the draft policy document was apt as it would guide the implementation of the plans and the “Eye-Mark web application” being developed to assist government in tracking its capital project development efforts across the country.

The application, according to Agba, would serve as a platform where citizens could upload pictures/records on the progress of work regarding various projects in their jurisdictions.

This, he said, would ensure that integrity and accountability were maintained in handling government business while building citizenship trust in government’s policies and programmes.

Speaking earlier, the President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators, Dr Uzodinma Aderieje, commended the Minister for supporting and acknowledging the place of evaluation in development process, stressing that “development process is nothing without evaluation.”

Also, the Evaluation Manager, UNICEF-Nigeria, Dr Robert Ndamobissi, pointed out that the document would help in establishing a national accountability framework which would enable the country demonstrate its political will to play its role as the giant of Africa.

Ndamobissi further reiterated UNICEF’s resolve to develop large partnership with governments round the world, towards achieving good governance and accountability.

“This framework is hoped, would make Nigeria one of the strongest developing economies in the world,” he further added.

Victoria Agba-Attah,

Rethinking Evaluation Competencies at a Time of Uncertainty

Webinar on Rethinking Evaluation Competencies at a Time of Uncertainty

Organized by Sri Lanka Evaluation Association & Nigerian Association of Evaluators in collaboration with Asia Pacific Evaluation Association, Evaluation Community of India & Center for Evaluation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Date:                            Friday, 28th August 2020 at 6.30 pm IST, 9.00 am EST

Michele Tarsila
International Evaluation Specialist

Silvia Salinas Mulder
President, International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)

Opening Remarks:
Uzodinma Adirieje
President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators


Welcome and introduction

Opening remarks – 3 minutes (no presentation)

Presentation – 30 minutes

Q&A with the audience – 25 minutes

Closing Remarks (SLEvA)– 3 minutes (no presentation)


webinar on Current Evaluation Practices: Recommendations for Country-led Evaluation during and beyond COVID-19

Nigerian Association of Evaluators invites you to the webinar on Current Evaluation Practices: Recommendations for Country-led Evaluation during and beyond COVID-19. The webinar will seek to review existing national evaluation policies and partnerships with CSOs on independent evaluation on COVID 19 pandemic with a view to planning for post Covid activities.

Dr. Zakaria Lawal, MNI FNAE
Director, National Monitoring & Evaluation Department, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budgeting and National Planning, Nigeria.

Dr. Elizabeth Dyke
University Council Member, Amref International University.
Board Member, Canada Feed The Children.

Dr. Florence Etta, FNAE
6th President, African Evaluation Association.
Principal Consultant, GRAIDE International Consultant Ltd, Nigeria.

Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, FNAE
President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators.
Country Director/Lead Facilitator, Health Systems and Projects Consultants Ltd.

Date: Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Time: 15:00 GMT

Click on the link below to register for the Webinar:

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