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Donnelly Mwachi
Executive Director

Donnelly Mwachi is an accomplished sustainable development expert with over 15 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning supporting complex multi-lateral, multi-country and multi-donor funded programmes globally in over 39 countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Evidence Frontiers, a private organisation that focuses on advancing the quality of Monitoring and Evaluation for Advocacy (ME&A) and Science, Technology, and Innovations (STIs) in Africa. He has supported development organisations, policy makers and managers, to make socially impactful decision using rigorous evidence at both national, regional, and international level.

In Africa, he has supported the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Africa Center for Technology Studies (ACTS) in the implementation of the Science Granting Council Initiative (SGCI) across 15 Sub-Saharan countries - a programme aimed at advancing research excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He has also provided technical support and quality assurance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) in Kenya in the design and implementation the M&E Framework, M&E Plan and commissioning of a country-wide national baseline study under the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) portfolio, in line with Vision2030 and the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (2019-2029).

In the past, he has also worked for the International Justice Mission (IJM) as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation where he played a key role in the evaluation of the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) strategy (2013- 2018) – a study aimed at improving policing standards in Kenya. He also worked at Save the Children as the Country Adviser – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), HelpAge International as the Africa Region - Research, Monitoring, Evidence and Learning (RMEL) where he was instrumental in the design of the Africa Union (AU) Monitoring and Evaluation framework for Older People targeting Africa nations and at Pathfinder International as the Country Programme Adviser – Monitoring and Evaluation. Additionally, at the global level.

Donnelly has also worked for Frontline AIDS as the Global Results Director – Governance and Accountability for the Action2020 programme – a programme aimed at holding governments accountable to the FP2020 commitments and as a Senior Adviser – Monitoring and Evaluation for the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH) – a programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) under the Dialogue and Dissent framework. Donnelly believes that organisation-centred, rigorous, and responsive policy and advocacy frameworks are essential to help managers maximize impact in policy and advocacy programmes. His vision is to improve millions of lives by transforming how the social sector innovates, learns, and improves.