As the SDG era approaches the half-way mark, the moment has come for evaluation to play a greater role in providing the robust evidence that countries and the international community need to assess what is working well, what is not and why, learning vital lessons as we move towards 2030.

This contribution was well recognised by member states in drawing up the historic document of 2015. The 2030 Agenda as well as the VNR reporting guidelines call for VNRs to be “rigorous and based on evidence, informed by country-led evaluations”.

This VNR Lab will introduce different pathways in which evidence from country-led evaluations can feed into country VNR processes. Countries that have used evaluative evidence in their VNRs will provide practical examples of why and how this can be done and share lessons from the process, while UN agencies will discuss their role in providing practical support to countries. The Lab will also highlight perspectives from countries that have not yet integrated evaluative evidence into their VNRs, identifying challenges and opportunities to do so in the future.

The main resources to be used is the Guide on Embedding Evaluation in Voluntary National Reviews authored by UNICEF and CLEAR AA, and the Pathways in which Country-led Evaluation can inform the VNRs.


Welcome & introductions: Session moderator, Mr Kassem El-Saddik

Opening remarks: Ms Andrea Cook, WFP Director of Evaluation and EvalPartners co-chair

Grounding presentation: Ms Matodzi Amisi, Independent Evaluation Consultant & Former evaluator at the South Africa Department of Performance, Monitoring & Evaluation (DPME)

Panel discussion: Led by Mr Kassem El Saddik (EVALSDGs co-chair), with Member Country participation from:

  • The Government of Nigeria: Dr Bala Yusuf Yunusa, Senior Technical Advisor at the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs)
  • The Government of Indonesia: Dr Vivi Yulaswati, Expert Staff to the Minister for Social Welfare and Poverty Reduction
  • The Government of Costa Rica: Mr Jose Pablo Cespedes Rodriguez, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy
  • The Government of Botswana: Mr Patrick S. Seitiso, Chief Economist, Population & Sustainable Development Coordination Section, Ministry of Finance

Audience engagement and Q&A

Closing remarks                                    Mr David Anyaegbu, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations




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12 July 2022  |  1pm EDT  |  7pm CET

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