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Ian Goldman

International Advisor in Evaluation and Evidence Systems

From 2011 to June 2018, Ian Goldman was the Head of Evaluation and Research and DDG in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), where he led the establishment of South Africa’s national evaluation system. He is President of the International Evaluation Academy, Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems for the Global Evaluation Initiative, CLEAR Anglophone Africa and the Climate Investment Funds. Ian has worked for 44 years on issues of rural development, decentralisation, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development, evidence-based policy-making and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, working in 20 countries, with all levels of government, as well as in non-government organisations. Ian is a South African M&E Association Board member, a Commissioner of 3ie from 2012-2022, and was one of the founders of the Twende Mbele African M&E Partnership, with partners Uganda, Benin, South Africa, CLEAR AA and African Development Bank. Ian is a Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading in the UK.