Indran A. Naidoo

Director
Indran A. Naidoo, PhD
South Africa
English
+39 06 5459 2274
PhD Evaluation University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Masters in Geography West Virginia University, USA
Bachelor of Education University of South Africa
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Geography University of KwaZulu Natal
Bachelor of Pedagogics (Arts) University of KwaZulu Natal
Indran A. Naidoo is the Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation at IFAD. He brings vast global experience into the role having served as the Director of the Independent Evaluation (IEO) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where he led the transformation and expansion of the office during his 8 year term. Fundamental transformation milestones included entrenching independence, establishing a budget target through a new evaluation policy, new polices, advancing staff professionalization, diversifying evaluation products, dedicated IEO website, and achieving five-fold expansion of coverage and evaluation efficiency. He also pursed innovative evaluations, advancing disciplinary boundaries with assessments of institutional effectiveness conducted with the UNDP Office of Audit and Investigations. The experience was presented and documented in several publications. Indran has placed emphasis on using evaluation processes as learning and reflective opportunities, and was able to achieve this within the construct of accountability . The National Evaluation Capacity (NEC) series grew under his leadership to become the largest United Nations evaluation capacity building event by country participation, offering training and forums for thought leadership with partners over the period, which saw major co-hosting with government and evaluation partners and networks in South Africa, Brazil, Thailand, Turkey and Egypt. The NEC series engaged with participants from over 170 countries, and generated high-quality evaluation resources. During his various tenures, he has generated presentations and courses that were selected for instruction internationally. Indran has emphasized the importance of evaluation for good governance, transparency, accountability and learning, and has been active in evaluation networks of the United Nations, as a UNEG Vice-Chair, and former Board member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). He services as academic advisor and reviewer for evaluation courses and journals, and has published extensively. At the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Africa, where he served for 12 years, he helped design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems to measure governance pinned on constitutional values and principles for good governance. In 1995, he entered the field and set up the first monitoring and evaluation Directorate to oversee the land reform program, in post-apartheid South Africa.
Professional affiliations & distinctions Vice-Chair | 2013 – 2020 – United Nations Evaluation Group Instructor and keynote speaker at the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) Reviewer, co-editor and author of multiple international publications Outstanding Alumnus, West Virginia University Abe Bailey Fellowship to the UK, Ambassador for the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Selected for the Senior Executive Programme at the Harvard and Wits Business Schools, USA and South Africa. British Council Scholarship for the Oxford University Educational leadership seminars, United Kingdom Several academic and leadership scholarships and awards
+30 years experience in the education, development and evaluation sector.
+25 years at the evaluation leadership level, with teaching and management.
2021 Rome, Italy
2012 New York, USA
2000 South Africa
1995 South Africa
1987 South Africa
Director Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD
Director Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
Deputy Director-General for Monitoring & Evaluation; Deputy Director-General for Leadership and Management Practices; Chief Director for Governance Monitoring Public Service Commission of South Africa
Director Monitoring and Evaluation National Dept.of Land Affairs
Educator
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Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD   2021 - present
Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP   2019
Indran A. Naidoo, Rob D. van den Berg and Susan D. Tamondong.   2017