Donnelly Mwachi, the Managing Director and Founder of Evidence Frontiers, is a highly accomplished sustainable development expert with a remarkable track record spanning over 17 years. He specializes in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning, providing support to complex multi-lateral, multi-country, and multi-donor funded programs worldwide. Donnelly has worked in more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, offering his expertise to development organizations, policymakers, and managers in making socially impactful decisions based on rigorous evidence.
In Africa, Donnelly has made significant contributions to various initiatives. He has worked closely with the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Africa Center for Technology Studies (ACTS) to implement the Science Granting Council Initiative (SGCI) across 15 Sub-Saharan countries. This initiative aims to advance research excellence in the region. Donnelly has also provided technical support and quality assurance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MoLF) in Kenya. His involvement included designing and implementing the M&E Framework, M&E Plan, and commissioning a national baseline study under the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP). These efforts align with Kenya's Vision2030 and the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (2019-2029).
Previously, Donnelly served as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the International Justice Mission (IJM). He played a pivotal role in evaluating the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) strategy, which aimed to improve policing standards in Kenya from 2013 to 2018. He has also held positions at Save the Children, HelpAge International, University of Nairobi and Pathfinder International, where he contributed to designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and programs. At the global level, Donnelly worked with Frontline AIDS and the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH), overseeing governance, accountability, and monitoring and evaluation functions; Internews Network supporting the Rooted in Trust (2.0) project and at Amref Health Africa supporting the Joint Learning Network across 36 countries.
Donnelly firmly believes that organization-centered, rigorous, and responsive policy and advocacy frameworks are essential in maximizing the impact of policy and advocacy programs.