Parliamentary Vice-Minister Masakazu Hamachi Delivers an Opening Remark at the 13th ODA Evaluation Workshop
December 9, 2015
On December 9, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Masakazu Hamachi delivered an opening remark at the ODA Evaluation Workshop held in Tokyo, on behalf of the Government of Japan.
1. Mr. Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated in his opening remark that 2015 has been an essential milestone year for ODA evaluation in the field of development cooperation for the international community and Japan, in light of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the General Assembly of the United Nations, the approval of Japan’s Development Cooperation Charter by the Cabinet, and the designation of 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear). Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hamachi also noted that this year’s Workshop will touch on recent experiences in ODA evaluation, evaluation efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and evaluation of environmental and climate change projects, which is a hot topic for the Asian and Pacific countries.
2. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hamachi concluded his remarks by wishing that the Workshop will contribute to evaluation efforts in the Asian and Pacific countries, as well as to strengthen the evaluation network.
- Agenda 1: Efforts to establish better feedback mechanism in development cooperation
- Agenda 2: Development and improvement of evaluation capacities, and partner country’s ownerships for evaluation
- Agenda 3: Impact evaluation for evidence-based policy making
- Agenda 4: Evaluation of environmental and climate change projects
- Agenda 5: New topics for evaluation to achieve SDGs
[Reference] International Year of Evaluation
The International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities held in September 2013 declared to designate 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear). Since 2015 is the year when a new development agenda, the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” is to be adopted, the aim of EvalYear is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy-making at a variety of levels, including the regional and national levels. Many events are scheduled to be held globally throughout 2015. Regarding the SDGs, the new Goals have been adopted at the General Assembly of the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.