Rome, 21 June 2023 – Joint parallel evaluations, joint workshops, seminars and trainings, joint publications, joint trainings and staff exchanges are but some of the opportunities that a brand-new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) have opened. Signed on 6 June 2023, the MoU brings together the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) and the Department for Evaluation of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), for what promises to be an exciting collaboration.

Dr Indran A. Naidoo, IOE Director, and Helge Østtveiten, Director of Evaluation at Norad, underwrote the agreement that sets out the framework for the working relationship between the two offices. Having regard to their common interest to plan, implement and report evaluations, and wishing to co-ordinate their efforts within the scope of their respective mandates, the partner offices have agreed to collaborate in a number of areas.

In particular, the MoU foresees that the partners will seek to provide one another with information and access to information of relevance to their work, in conformity with the confidentiality and data protection rules and procedures that govern their offices. In this regard, in addition to joint evaluations, webinars, seminars and workshops, IOE and NORAD may collaborate on a range of evaluation-related activities, including sharing best practices on methodological and technical assistance matters. These may include the latest methods for data collection and analysis in evaluation; the development of policies, guidelines and manuals underpinning evaluation; and tools, approaches and channels for efficient communication. 

The Department for Evaluation, located in Norad, is mandated to initiate and carry out independent evaluations of any activity financed over the Norwegian aid budget. The evaluation function contributes in part to learning and gathering experience from Norwegian participation in international development cooperation, and in part to keeping the actors in Norwegian development policy accountable for its administration.

 

For further information, please contact Alexander Voccia [here]

 

RESOURCES

  • To access the website of Department for Evaluation of Norad, please click here.
  • To access the IOE Coffee Talk on ‘audit and evaluation working collaboratively, featuring the Dr Naidoo and Mr Østtveiten, please click here.

 

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