What we do
The Twende Mbele Programme currently involves six core country partners (Benin, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Niger and Kenya), with two regional evaluation capacity development partners (CLEAR Anglophone Africa and IDEV at the African Development Bank). Eight other countries actively form part of the wider learning network. These partners are learning from each other, and more widely, around how more effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems at all levels of government can strengthen government performance.
Our Strategic Management
The Twende Mbele programme is directed by two spheres of Management Committees; the Strategic Management Committee and a Technical Management Committee. Both management committees consist of core country representation, as well as technical partners IDEV at the African Development Bank, and the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa (CLEAR AA). The Strategic Management Committee endorse the annual action plan, and set out the strategic direction for the programme. Members of the Technical Committee are responsible for implementing a significant number of in-country activities, and ensuring ongoing learning and sharing. The Programme is managed through the secretariat hosted by CLEAR-AA, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
A PEER LEARNING PARTNERSHIP
Our peer learning approach is an innovative way to produce results in a complex and changing environment.
Each of the partners are leaders in developing national evaluation systems in Africa, and as such seen as leaders in the evidence field. All Twende activities are part of each countries’ government priorities, and thus bring high-level buy-in.
Twende is able to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations in each country. Activities are intended to complement their current operations, permitting partners to learn from each other as well as other countries, and improve their M&E operations.
The partnership allows for real-time learning for partners as they innovate and experiment with building M&E systems and capacity of stakeholders throughout the evaluation ecosystem.
A Wider Learning Network
Beyond the core country partners, Twende seeks to provide a platform to catalyse learning from other countries in Africa, and more broadly. Sharing and learning is a core mandate, meaning we try to capitalise on existing learning events, while also hosting our own.
Gbetoton Nadege DjossouTechnical Management Committee ChairGbetoton Nadege Djossou is the Director of Public Policies Evaluation at Ministry of Development in Benin. She holds a PhD in Economics in 2017 at University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. She is also an Assistant Professor at University of Parakou, Benin. She has over 8 years’ experience in evaluation of development projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She had been the Benin’s country coordinator of Twende Mbele from 2019 to 2022.
Gérard M. KPATINDEStrategic Management Committee ChairMr Gérard M. KPATINDE is the Director General of the Evaluation of Public Policies and the Observatory for Social Change in Benin. He is a renowned statistical economist. He is the Chairman of the Twende Mbele Programme Management Committee. As Chairman, he oversees the operational, financial and technical functions of the Twende Mbele secretariat and also provides strategic direction to the management committee.
Dr. Ayabulela DlakavuProgramme ManagerDr. Ayabulela Dlakavu is researcher, academic and analyst of public policy; foreign policy; international organisation; global and regional peace and security; political economy; monitoring and evaluation practitioner; academic; with extensive background in international development. He holds a PhD in Political Science (foreign policy and international political economy).
Parfait KasongoCommunication and Learning CoordinatorParfait Kasongo is the Twende Mbele Communication and Learning Coordinator who started life as an engineer but later discovered his passion for facilitating storytelling and sharing new knowledge. His research interest includes regional politics, governance, social engineering, and international law. In a bid to expand his knowledge and understanding of law, parfait is pursuing a law degree with Wits University.
Amanda DeucharsProgramme AdministratorAmanda Deuchars is the Twende Mbele programme administrator