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“When Will We Ever Learn?” Mexico and Britain Take the Question Seriously

This is a joint post with Christina Droggitis

This May will mark the five-year anniversary of CGD’s Evaluation Gap Working Group’s final report, "When Will We Ever Learn: Improving Lives Through Impact Evaluation". The report noted a large gap in evidence about whether development programs actually work and recommended creating an independent international collaboration to promote more and better impact evaluations to close this gap. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) was formed as a result of this recommendation. The report also stressed the need for countries, both donors and recipients, to make larger commitments towards high-quality evaluation work. These commitments, it argued, should include supporting 3ie financially, as well as generating and applying knowledge from impact evaluations of their own development programs.

Can We Get an Africa Lead at USAID Already?

It’s now 26 months since the inauguration and where the #%&$ is USAID’s leadership? Administrator Raj Shah has now been in the seat for 14 months but still has only 4 out his 10 Assistant Administrators on the job. (See our USAID Staffer Tracker). That’s right, the following portfolios are, in March 2011, still empty: Africa, Global Health, Management, Legislative Affairs, Middle East, and Economic Growth/Agriculture/Trade.

Maternal Death Now Rare in Bangladesh

In 2010, maternal death became a rare event in Bangladesh. The recently released results of the nationally representative Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey 2010 tell the story: