Africa’s Growing Digital Economy

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, McKinsey’s Acha Leke and Tawanda Sibanda underscore the rapid growth digital business in Africa: “Africa already has 122 million active users of mobile financial services, more than half the global total. Its number of smartphone connections is forecast to double from 315 million in 2015 to 636 million in…(Read more)

Operating Principles for Impact Management

On April 12, 2019, 60 global investors launched the International Finance Corporation’s new Operating Principles for Impact Management at the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.  Founding signatories to the principles included international banks, insurance companies, private equity funds, development finance institutions and non-profit impact investment funds.  The principles are aimed…(Read more)

Once You Integrate Gender-Based Analysis into Evaluation, “it’s hard to unsee”

Canadian Jane Whynot, a program co-chair of the AEA’s Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG, has posted a bracing blog on the methods for and benefits of integrating gender-based analysis in the evaluation process. Doing so changes stakeholders’ perceptions. In fact, Whynot writes, using GBA+ makes it “hard to unsee” gender issues and implications for action. She also refers evaluation professionals to a toolkit by Carleton University professor Janet Siltanen

ILO Future of Work Commission Reports to Davos 2019

On January 22, 2019, the International Labour Organization’s Global Commission on the Future of Work issued its first report, entitled Work for a Brighter Future.  Among other recommendations, the report advocates a “Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning.” To read the report, click here

Engaging Stakeholders in Logic Modeling

Professor Moya Alonso of Southern Georgia University has posted a very useful blog on AEA365 on how to effectively engage evaluation stakeholders in developing program logic models.  Mobilizing a diverse stakeholder advisory group and facilitating meaningful discussion, as well as handing over the logic model that is produced to the staff group

Spotlight on Dr. Denise Beaulieu

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Denise Beaulieu’s role as Senior Associate and Gender Equality Specialist with E.T. Jackson and Associates.  Dr. Beaulieu’s work with us began in 1997-1998, as Deputy Director of our Basic Human Needs study for the Canadian International Development Agency, which was actually a series of sub-studies of CIDA interventions

CAIDP Celebrates 25 Years of Professional Advocacy

The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), a professional advocacy group and knowledge network, recently celebrated 25 years of working to make Canadian development assistance more effective.  Thanks to the efforts of leaders like Pamela Branch, Richard Beattie and others, the association instituted a professional code of conduct and an annual conference that is…(Read more)