Setting the stage for the 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly

IDEAS proudly invites you to participate in the exciting and challenging Global Assembly 2019 of IDEAS, with the theme Evaluation for Transformative Change: Bringing experiences of the Global South to the Global North. The Assembly is developed in partnership with the Czech Evaluation Society, and occurs under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.  The conference will be held in Prague at the DUO Hotel Prague, from 30 September to 4 October 2019.

Agenda 2030, adopted by the member states of the United Nations in September 2015, calls for new partnerships to work towards a sustainable and equitable future for humanity on our planet. It radically redefines development and asks for transformative changes of our societies, our economies and of the way we interact with nature and our habitat. While this is most strongly emphasised in the Paris Climate Agreement and its follow-up meetings, transformative change is a cross-cutting issue throughout the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each country needs to identify its own transformation priorities.

In the Global South, the SDGs have been taken up by many countries, ranging from Benin, Sri Lanka, South Africa to Mexico. In contrast, many countries of the Global North tend to be relatively complacent concerning the SDGs, and leave reporting on progress to National Bureaus of Statistics. Little effort to integrate evaluation into reporting is found in the North, comparing to what we can find in several countries in the Global South. Countries with economies in transition have their unique experiences to take into account, given the transformative processes they went through. It is time the Global North becomes inspired by what is happening in the Global South and in countries in transition.

IDEAS, as the only global professional association for development evaluators, has in recent years mobilised evaluation thinkers and practitioners throughout the world on evaluation of sustainable development (in the 2015 Global Assembly in Bangkok) and on evaluation for Agenda 2030 (in the 2017 Global Assembly in Guanajuato, Mexico). It has convened its Global Assemblies in the Global South since its inception in 2002, in Beijing. Conferences were held in Delhi, Johannesburg, Amman, Barbados, Bangkok and Guanajuato, Mexico.

It is time IDEAS brings the richness of experiences and visions on evaluating and implementing the transformative vision of the SDGs from the Global South to the Global North and extend the South to South Exchange mechanism to the North and to and from countries in transition, which it is uniquely placed to do as global professional association. The global exploration of experiences includes an exchange with Central and Eastern European countries, as a special stream of work on developing and supporting their capacity as well using the experience and expertise from these countries for influencing the agenda on evaluation for transformative change.