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    Together for the use of equity-focused evaluation in Sub Saharan Africa francophone countries: Yes, we can!

    Sustainable development cannot be a reality if people are marginalized, especially women, youth, old women and men. Despite the African Charter adopted in 1981 and it’s article
    18(3), which states the elimination of all discriminations against women and also ensure the protection of their rights, there are still high poverty and hunger, moderate Women's share of
    paid employment, very high maternal mortality in Sub Saharan Africa (UN, 2014). The persistence of social inequity and gender inequalities in the world, especially in low income
    countries, is a major barrier to equitable and sustainable development, negating fundamental human rights and the expansion of human freedoms (EvalGender+, 2015). So, the post-2015
    agenda, dealing with the future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), includes gender equity and reducing inequalities (UN Women, 2013).
    Sub Saharan Africa countries have their own national gender policies to promote gender equality and equity but there are not sufficient knowledge on what works or what doesn't.

    Inside this region and in different production systems, traditional roles imposed on men and women affect deeply the different aspect of gender equality and role of gender (Sanna, 2010).
    We are certain that promoting equity-focused evaluation is an important part of the development strategy that seeks to enable people, both women and men, to reduce poverty
    and improve the standard of living.

    The objective of this proposal is to develop a networking and competency-based equity focused evaluation with (i) evaluation practitioners of Volontary Organizations For Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) and academic professionals; (ii) policy makers, public officers with monitoring and evaluation roles and (iii) actors from the civil society; in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal.

    Besides developing the specific competencies of actors to equity-focused evaluation, the program will promote an active exchange and dissemination of knowledge, best practices and
    experience within actors. It will, furthermore, develop the participant’s competencies to act as change agents and multipliers of the principles and practices of equity-focused evaluation
    according to UNICEF guide (2012).

    This proposal aims to strengthen the demand for and use of evaluation to inform policy making through three activities: (i) A workshop on best practices of equity-focused evaluation
    with the aim to build a documentation bank for the use of the African Francophone evaluation community, (ii) Edition of a book on those best practices for a training program in the future;
    (iii) Building a Community of Practice (CoP) on equity-focused evaluation for effective social transformation. Based on the results of this project, the remaining francophone regions in Africa will be targetted in the future.
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