AfrEA 2014 Conference: Call for Abstracts

The AfrEA board, the IOCE and NONIE take pleasure to invite submissions for another milestone Pan-African Evaluation event: the 7th AfrEA International Conference.

The Cameroon Development Evaluation Association (CaDEA) is hosting the conference, to be held at the Hilton hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon from March 3 – 7, 2014.

In the past, various African and international participants submitted and presented paper and poster presentations, chaired panels, and facilitated professional development workshops. The conference acts as the foundation for promoting and advocating AfrEA’s “Made in Africa” approach, and allows knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking with a wide range of international organizations and individuals.

With a theme titled “Evaluation for Development: From Analysis to Impact”, the 7th AfrEA conference promises all this and more. Please submit your abstracts no later than 15 November 2013. See the Conference navigation bar for full details about abstract requirements.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Proposals for Papers, Workshops, Panels, Roundtables and Exhibitions by AfrEA members (national M&E associations and organizations) and funding partners are welcome in any of the following conference strands:

  • Linking Evaluation with Policy Makers 
  • Impact Evaluation 
  • Inclusion in Evaluating Development impact 
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Development using evaluation 
  • Made in Africa Evaluation
  • Evaluation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda – post Millennium Development Goals 
  • Methodological Innovations
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Knowledge Management and Evaluation Dissemination
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Health evaluation
  • Gender and equity, equality and evaluation
  • Donor strand – what is emerging and working?

DEADLINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS:

Abstracts should be submitted electronically no later than 15 November 2013 at 12:00pm Notification of acceptance of abstracts: All applications will be informed whether their abstracts have been selected for the conference by 30 November 2013 The deadline for receipt of full papers: AfrEA needs to receive all full papers no later than 15 December 2013 Submit all abstracts electronically to Samuel D Braimah at: Samuel D Braimah at: Samuel.Braimah@afrea.org or sdbraimah@gmail.com with Cc to: Nicola Theunissen at: nicola.theunissen@afrea.org or nicola@carboncopysa.co.za.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:

Paper presentations Written papers engage a debate in evaluation, report critically on completed evaluation, aim to clarify issues in evaluation theory and propose new and innovative evaluation paradigms. Paper submissions entail a written paper in final form by 01 December 2013 and an oral presentation during the conference where the presentation time is divided equally between the PowerPoint presentation and questions from the floor, for response by the presenter. Paper proposals should indicate:

  • Title of the paper, clearly indicating that it is a paper presentation 
  • Name/s, title/s and institutional affiliation/s of author 
  • Name and title of presenting author 
  • Email and telephone contact details of presenting author 
  • A 300 to 500 words abstract must be included and contain information on the context, overview of the content of the presentation and a summary of the results and conclusions that will be presented
  • Abstracts must be submitted by email in Microsoft Word [Abstracts that are accepted will be included in the conference programme as they stand, and authors are required to ensure that they are adequately proof-read before submission]
  • In addition please note that: Submitted papers may be considered for publication in the African Evaluation Journal (http://www.aejonline.org/index.php/aej). Authors are required to sign a statement indicating whether their paper has been previously published, in which journal, or in what format o Abstracts speaking to the theme would be favourably considered

Roundtable presentations Roundtables usually entail evaluation work-in-progress. During such sessions, authors make available a manuscript for debate to clarify, strengthen argumentation and consider next steps. Sessions aim to assist the author to complete the manuscript with the view to publish. AfrEA requires a written manuscript of the Paper in progress with issues for discussion in the Roundtable in final form by 01 December 2013. We encourage participants to bring draft or in-progress reports about interesting initiatives for brainstorming and advice. Abstracts for a Roundtable should be 300 to 500 words and should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Please note that a hard copy of the written manuscript in progress, with issues for discussion, should be made available in sufficient numbers to attendees at the presentation.

Poster presentations Poster presentations entail a poster size presentation with images as well as text. Posters usually depict an evaluation study including: questions asked in the study through methodology, data, findings and conclusions. Posters will be displayed during the conference and presenters need to be available to respond to questions about the poster on display. Abstracts for Poster displays should be no longer than 300 to 500 words, and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Accepted Poster presentations will be displayed in the exhibition hall for the duration of the conference. Posters should measure approximately 95 cm in width and 1.5 m in height.

Exhibition presentations Exhibition presentations should indicate:

  • The title of the exhibition 
  • The name of the member association or organization 
  • The contact details (including e-mail address)
  • Should be accompanied by a half- to one page description of the exhibition stating the materials required and the language (French or English).

Workshops and training sessions:

The organizers invite continental and international M&E experts, donors, foundations, individual consultants, universities, Cameroonian- and other African government organizations, private sector training providers and NGOs to submit proposals to facilitate professional development workshops on the first two days of the conference. Proposals for Workshops should include the following:

  • Workshop Title
  • Facilitator name/s, background, qualifications and affiliation 
  • Description of experience in training in the field and history of the workshop or course 
  • Contact details of the presenting entity or facilitator
  • Course length: half/1/2 days 
  • Target participants: beginner, intermediate or advanced participants? 
  • Workshop description/programme of activities (including learner outcomes, key themes, training methodology) 
  • Accreditation 
  • Ideal and maximum number of participants 
  • Special requirements
  • Description of course materials
  • Language in which workshop will take place (French or English)

Workshop and training proposals must be forwarded to Samuel Braimah - Samuel D Braimah at: Samuel.Braimah@afrea.org or sdbraimah@gmail.com with Cc to: Nicola Theunissen at: nicola.theunissen@afrea.org or nicola@carboncopysa.co.za.

Note:

All proposals will be considered and during the selection of workshops preference will be given to accredited courses, to (non-accredited) scarce-skills development courses and workshops offered by presenters with substantial international experience in M&E training especially in Africa.

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