Second Phase of Capacity Building of CORAF Impact Evaluation Community of Practice

Cotonou, in the Republic of Benin, from April 25 to 29, 2022, the second session of the regional workshop on the best practices of impact assessment for the capacity building of CORAF’s Community of Practice for impact assessment.

The workshop was officially launched by the Scientific Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB), Dr. Alex G. Zoffoun representing the General Director of INRAB, Dr. Adolphe Adjanohoun.

About thirty (30) participants from eighteen (18) West and Central African countries are gathered for a week, to deepen their knowledge and acquire the best techniques in impact evaluation.

The participants are part of a Community of Practice in impact evaluation, set up in 2021 by CORAF, thanks to the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) Program.

The PAIRED Program is funded by the West Africa Regional Mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by CORAF.

The aim of the workshop is to institutionalize impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation, with internal regional capacity and expertise and to instill a culture of impact assessment at the level of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) which are members of CORAF.

“Following the first phase held last year, this second phase should help impact evaluation practitioners improve their skills and adopt a real culture of monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects,” says Dr. Hippolyte Affognon, Coordinator of PAIRED.

“This contributes to strengthening CORAF’s monitoring and evaluation strategy, by helping to put in place a mechanism to better assess the impact of its numerous initiatives in the field.”

Participants will work on a total of seven (07) modules, much more oriented towards practical work, to ensure the application and effective mastery of the various notions learned.

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