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Event: Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week

Learn and adapt to accelerate action: Translating learning to transformational change in the Commonwealth

As the world continues to grapple with the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Secretariat is adapting rapidly to new pressures, while maintaining efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This builds on the Secretariat’s ongoing reform process, which includes an organisation-wide digital transformation and an enhanced approach to monitoring and evaluation.

In April 2021, the Secretariat will host a Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week to reflect on the lessons learned over the past ten years in terms of organisational strategy, and how it can enhance its role as an effective global partner for the 2030 Agenda, in the face of multiple global crises.

Specifically, the week is intended to:

  • Highlight, share and discuss lessons and evidence towards more impactful programmes and actions;
  • Reflect on progress in national monitoring, evaluation and learning systems with a view to identifying enablers for evidence-informed policies and planning;
  • Facilitate peer engagements among stakeholders, staff and partners representing diverse professional, political and academic experiences and expertise to bridge the gap between lessons and learning for addressing the SDG implementation deficit; and
  • Challenge the Commonwealth community to learn, innovate and accelerate actions towards the 2030 SDGs.

This years’ learning week is hosted in collaboration with the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) of the World Bank Group. As a global network of institutional partners and experts working in the field of M&E, the GEI strengthens M&E systems and capacities in countries across the globe at three levels:

  1. The enabling environment e.g. by supporting the development of legislation or policies that facilitate the supply and utilization of evaluative evidence);
  2. The institutional environment e.g. by supporting institutions in developing their systems of supply and demand for evaluative evidence;
  3. The individual e.g. by delivering trainings to different types of stakeholders to strengthen their individual capacities in the supply and utilization of evaluative evidence.

The Learning Week is to be held virtually and will consist of nine stand-alone sessions over the three days, each session discussing a different topic associated with our learning journey.

The outcomes of the Learning Week 2021 will support the development of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s new strategic plan, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in June 2021.

Session recordings

Click here to view all of the session recordings from the Learning Week


For detailed information on the programme, including speakers and registration links for each session, follow the link below:

Previous events

This year’s event continues the strategic intent set at the inaugural Commonwealth Evaluation and Learning Week held in 2019.

Who should attend?

This event is open by invitation to representatives of Commonwealth member governments as well as members of accredited organisations, development institutions, academic institutions, multilateral and regional organisations, and other relevant partners and associations.

Find out more

Please contact [email protected] for more information.