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Water and Development - Taking Lessons from Evaluation - Summary of Discussions at 2011 Berlin Conference


The overarching goal of evaluators is to strengthen the work of their institutions by facilitating accountability and lesson learning. Taken together, these permit evaluation results to enhance local processes of social and economic development in partner countries Following the release of Water and Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support, 1997-2007 by the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank (IEG), the Evaluation Department of KfW Entwicklungsbank (development bank), together with IEG, organized a conference for practitioners who had recently carried out or were working on evaluations of water-related activities in developing countries with the objective to foster discussions and offer a forum to exchange experiences among evaluators tackling water sector evaluations.

The conference took place in Berlin, Germany, on August 31-September 1, 2010. The conference covered a range of water-related topics, including wastewater and sanitation, rural and urban water supply, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), and governance. The scale of the evaluations presented ranged from project-level reviews to sectorwide water evaluations, and they included rigorous and anecdotal approaches as well as synthesis reports. About 60 evaluators attended, representing the evaluation units of 28 institutions

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