The Asian Evaluation Week (AEW) is a leading evaluation knowledge sharing event in the Asia and Pacific region, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, PRC and the Asian Development Bank. Since 2016, Government officials, representatives of international organizations, and evaluation experts have gathered annually at the AEW to exchange knowledge and the latest thinking in evaluation.

Now in its fourth year, AEW has established itself as a highly relevant forum for promoting knowledge and partnerships to advance evaluation and development effectiveness at the country level.

Marvin Taylor-Dormond

Director General
Independent Evaluation Department Asian Development Bank

A Shared Understanding of Quality, Excellence and Influence in Evaluation - Marvin Taylor-Dormond's Opening Speech

Mr. Hao Lei, Deputy Director General of the Budget Department, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Wencai Zhang, Director General of the International Financial Cooperation Department, Ministry of Finance and former Vice President of ADB, Mr. Zhang Yansong, Director General of the Yunnan Provincial Department of Finance, Mr. Shixen Chen, Vice President of ADB, Dr. Li Kouqing, President of the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute and Shanghai National Accounting Institute, Distinguished officials from the Ministry of Finance and Yunnan Provincial Government of the People’s Republic of China, Friends, colleagues and partners in evaluation and in development, A pleasant good morning to you! Zǎoshang hǎo!

Welcome to the 4th Asian Evaluation Week here in the City of Kunming, a place rich in history spanning nearly 2,400 years. Already at his time, the famous explorer Marco Polo described Kunming as a “large and splendid city” upon seeing its great prosperity, the diversity of its people and the abundance of its land.

As the southwest gateway to the famed Silk Road, Kunming’s thriving trade facilitated the convergence of people, goods and knowledge thereby supporting the link between the East and the West. We could not have chosen a more appropriate place to hold our annual gathering of evaluators from across Asia and from around the world for stimulating meaningful partnerships in advancing our evaluation discipline. . .

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What it's like to attend

  • I hope it is not too late to express how glad I am to have participated in the AEW 2018 and how useful I found the sessions. The conversation we had at the Panel also facilitated our conversation with the IMF team of the independent report. We agreed to advance the conversation during the upcoming spring meeting. So the AEW was also good networking opportunity.

    Habib Ur Rehman Mayar

    Deputy General Secretary
    G7+ Secretariat

  • I would like to thank you for a very informative and impactful conference. The networking opportunities, topics and knowledge shared were incredibly valuable. We look forward to next year’s event and would love the opportunity to participate more actively and bring some of the DBSA’s experiences and challenges to the discussion.

    Saphira Surina Patel

    Head of Sustainability, Professional Insights
    Operations Evaluation Unit
    Development Bank of South Africa

  • Those of us who were fortunate to experience the AEW have decided to initiate and encourage programs that will promote and formalize continuing evaluation of all things necessary to assist in our progress going forward in Federated State Micronesia. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions you or those responsible can provide to assist in our progression into this important area of evaluation.

    Ilhen Joseph

    State Auditor
    Office of the National Public Auditor
    Federated States of Micronesia

  • I really appreciated the chance to be involved in the conference as well. I have just begun to become involved in impact evaluation and this conference allowed me to see it in a whole new light.

    Codey Abbey

    Project Manager
    Shaanxi Normal University, People’s Republic of China

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