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West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation

The West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation (WACIE) program is a multi-year regional initiative that aims to promote the institutionalization of evaluation in government systems across eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU): Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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West Africa Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation

WACIE aims to promote evidence-informed decision-making among high-level policymakers in West Africa, especially those within the finance, economy and planning ministries. We envision a West African policy environment where leaders draw upon evidence and inform their decisions with rigorous research, complemented by a robust regional evaluation community which contributes to that evidence base. The program's current efforts are focused on three work streams: 1) providing actionable and timely information for decision-making through the WACIE Helpdesk; 2) generating capacity and adding depth and visibility to local researchers and policymakers; and 3) supporting the generation of rigorous, demand-driven evidence in the region by implementing evaluations with local teams and supporting those conducting evaluations. The program is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, and the West African Development Bank, among others.

Each country differs in how it structures its institutions charged with producing evaluations and incorporating their findings into policy decisions. WACIE has mapped out the evaluation systems of each WAEMU country, drawing from the expertise of our on-the-ground focal points in each WAEMU country and a scoping study conducted by a Johns Hopkins University team. Visit our page on WAEMU national evaluation systems to learn more about the institutional arrangements in each country, their strengths, and the challenges they face.