AFRA has a sound legal, scientific and managerial base as reflected in:
- The procedures are purposely flexible enough to allow short notice evaluation of a given project without time-consuming and costly formalities and preparation.
- The evaluation should be carried out regularly, preferably on an annual basis, as well as in urgent cases when the smooth implementation of an AFRA activity is put at risk.
- The evaluation should have three major tasks:
- To determine the effectiveness and impact of AFRA activities in the light of their objectives, with special emphasis on their relevance and socio-economic return on investment;
- To determine to what degree the recipient institution has fulfilled its commitments in terms of logistic and administrative support to AFRA activities and accountability of its staff, particularly the Project Coordinator; and
- To identify any action needed to sustain the impact of the assistance provided at national and regional levels.
- The findings of the evaluation should be made available to all concerned (the AFRA country, AFRA Field Management, the Project Scientific Consultant, non-governmental organisations if any, etc.) within two months after the completion of the mission.
The effective fulfilment of the above-mentioned considerations - particularly in terms of follow-up actions and monitoring - will generate additional workload for the AFRA-FMC and the Project Scientific Consultants (PSCs). Strict planning of evaluation activities by both the AFRA National Coordinator and the IAEA is therefore necessary.