GPFE has taken great measures to follow up the Colombo Declaration signed at Sri Lanka parliament in the context of EvalColombo2018. The follow up has been implemented as follows:

1.) One day event at the Senate of Philippines held on 26 Feb 2019 jointly organized by GPFE with the Senate of Philippines, APEA, UNICEF and PhilDev. The event was attended by parliamentarians and parliament staff from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Philippines, Ghana and Nepal. Please see the link to the agenda and country presentations.

A Parliamentarians Session organized by the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) in collaboration with UNICEF, Asia-Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA), and Phildev was held at the Senate of Philippines during the 2nd APEA International Evaluation Conference on 26 February 2019. The theme of the 2nd APEA International Evaluation Conference was “Reducing Poverty-Enabling Peace: Evaluation for Accountability, Transparency and Sustainable Development.” The aim of the conference is to bring together evaluators, policymakers, public officials, development practitioners, and civil society members in order to build the evaluation capacity, systems and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. The welcome address of the Parliamentarians Session was delivered by Atty. Myra Marie Villarica, Senate of Philippines. The opening remarks were given by Ms. Ada Ocampo, GPFE Secretariat, Senior Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF Evaluation Office. Further, speeches were given by Professor Romeo Santos, President of APEA and PHILDEV and Ms. Julia Rees, Deputy Country Representative, UNICEF.

The first keynote speech was delivered by Hon. Senator Risa B. Hontiveros, Chairman, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Fender Equality, Senate of the Philippines. Her keynote speech focused on the “Role of the parliamentarians towards evaluation in the context of the Agenda 2030.” Additionally, the second key note speech was delivered by Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Sri Lanka and Chair of the GPFE. Hon. Kabir Hashim’s keynote speech was on “The importance of a dialogue between parliamentarians and evaluation community-Are we there yet?”

During the Parliamentarians Session, Parliamentarians/country representatives from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Indonesia made presentations on the progress of National Commitments that was agreed with the Colombo Declaration during EvalColombo2018 on 19 September 2019. Additionally, Hon. M. Thilakarajah, Member of Parliament from Sri Lanka provided a message from Manila participants to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Finally, the closing remarks and final thoughts for the Parliamentarians Session was given by Hon. Kabir Hashim and Ms. Ada Ocampo.

2.) One day event was held on 11 Mar at African Development Bank Headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with participation of African countries. Check the agenda and country presentations.

3.) GPFE is also working with national parliaments to officially endorse the Colombo Declaration and implement activities to institutionalize evaluation within the parliament.    Check the agenda and country presentations.