[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]There is an African proverb that goes… The young bird does not crow until it hears the old ones.The voice of Dr Sulley Gariba will echo for a generation of future leaders. A beacon, and an unparalleled legacy[/blockquote]

The EvalPartners family was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Sulley Gariba on 27 April 2021.

Throughout his career, Sulley served as a senior presidential advisor, a diplomat, esteemed lecturer, and Board Member with several international non-profit organizations and foundations. He was a visionary leader in the global evaluation movement: the founding President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) from 2002 to 2005, the President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) from 2007-2009, and a firm advocate for Made in Africa evaluation, to name only a few highlights of his illustrious, inspiring career.

However, we did not only know Sulley for his unparalleled vision and commitment to monitoring and evaluation. We also knew him as a colleague and a friend.

In a moving tribute, Mastercard Foundation President and CEO, Reeta Roy wrote: “Sulley’s distinguished career set him apart. But his humility, wit, and love fostered connection, endearing him to many. For a number of us at the Foundation, he was not just a colleague and icon—he was a friend and faithful mentor. Gentle and firm. Gracious and honest. Hopeful and pragmatic. Thoughtful—but ever so humorous.”

Read the EvalPartners memorial card here

[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]We call on the EvalPartners family to please share tributes, anecdotes, memories and photos of Dr Sulley Gariba with coordinator@evalpartners.org – the tributes will be compiled in a memorial tribute that will be shared with the Gariba family[/blockquote]