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Development in Action Webinar Series

Using feminist evaluation to shift power dynamics in international cooperation initiatives

Date: 15/05/2024

Time: 15:00 – 16:00 (BST)

Location: Online

Using feminist evaluation to shift power dynamics in international cooperation initiatives

In this webinar, Commonwealth Alumnus Carol Miller will discuss the ways in which feminist evaluation practitioners are challenging donors to rethink and adapt approaches to evaluation in the service of social justice and equity. She will highlight the opportunities and challenges created by governments’ Feminist Foreign Policies (FFPs) to promote feminist principles applied to evaluation.

Carol will draw on insights from her work across multiple spaces in the evaluation ecosystem, including women’s rights and gender equality programmes supported by Global Affairs Canada and Oxfam Canada, among others. Finally, Carol will discuss the importance of ongoing advocacy by researchers, evaluators and WROs to promote approaches to evaluation that shift power and voice to local women and their organizations, often the most structurally excluded in evaluation processes.

This webinar will address the CSC development themes, Access, inclusion and opportunity.

The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

After the webinar, attendees are invited to stay online and participate in a 30-minute open discussion on the webinar topic to exchange ideas and knowledge, seek out collaborators for their own work, and promote their research in this area.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series provides an opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to present on their work and contribution to development across a range of contemporary global challenges and provide insight into ongoing research and action.

Open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni, the monthly webinars will address one of the CSC’s six development themes and provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in real-time Q&A discussion on the topic presented.

You can watch previous webinars on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Carol is a long-time gender equality activist, researcher, and evaluator. She is a Senior Associate, and past Co-Executive Director, of Gender at Work, an international feminist knowledge network, where she leads on monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).

For the past five years, she worked as Senior Feminist MEL consultant and Thought Leader with Global Affairs Canada’s flagship program: Women’s Voice, and Leadership. She has previously worked as a gender and development research and expert at various organisations including United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, INGOS, and research institutions.

Carol has published widely on gender equality and women’s rights, including several publications on gender-transformative and feminist evaluation. She is also Co-founder and Director of Changing Minds, an Ottawa-based mental health not-for-profit. 

Carol Miller is a 1986 Commonwealth Scholar from Canada. She completed a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.