IRIM Board independent member Ms. Batchimeg Namsraidorj participated in the 2016 Asian Evaluation Week in Xi’an city, People’s Republic of China on 5-9 September and presented IRIM’s paper on Gender Responsive Budgeting: The Case of Mongolia. 2016 Asian Evaluation Week was organized by the Independent Evaluation Department of the ADB in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Finance and Development Institute of the PRC.

The AEW is organized in the Asia -Pacific region in response to the growing attention on the use of evaluation for better results and accountability, especially as countries commit to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, requiring the better tracking and accounting of national objectives and goals. The AEW is expected to be repeated in the succeeding year and be an annual event in bringing together evaluation colleagues to discuss the recent trends in evaluation thinking.

The AEW objectives were as follows:

  1. To provide a venue for knowledge sharing on the latest and cutting edge ideas on evaluation within Asia, and between Asia and other regions, such as Africa and Latin America.
  2. To enable countries to share experiences on their evaluation works, and to gain knowledge on how to manage and use evaluation findings and results.
  3. To allow experts and development partners to showcase progress in their thematic and sector evaluation works, and the recent thinking on evaluation methodology and practices.
  4. To increase awareness on the use and role of evaluation in development effectiveness.

This event welcomes more than 100 delegates from 35 countries and development partners who shared their experience in total 33 sessions conducted in the field of M&E and public policy, Equality in education evaluation, Empowering women and gender issue, Financial reform management, Evaluating economic and social impact of projects, Knowledge management and learning in evaluation, SDGs, Evaluating science and technology interventions, and so forth.