M A, MBA; Chairman, Community of Evaluators – South Asia
Mr Solomon, a national of India, is a Founder Member of CoE-SA (Community of Evaluators- South Asia).
Mr Solomon has over 30 years of experience being a researcher, evaluator and management consultant in Asia and West Africa. He is a specialist in Rural Policy and Planning, Livelihoods and Social Enterprises and child rights. He has undertaken several action-oriented types of research on child rights, government primary education, local-governance, the socio-economic profile of conservancy workers, employment guarantee scheme and social enterprises. These researches have subsequently led to the formulation of programmes to relief and rehabilitation of children from the workplace, debate on the local governance and better implementation measures in the employment guarantee scheme. In all, the action researches also generated researched campaign materials for different campaigners, especially in India, towards policy changes. His current work focus continues to be in a similar role and expertise.
Solomon has also been part of the team which field-tested the applicability and relevance of the evaluation framework Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) in Pan-Asia http://evaluationinpractice.wordpress.com. His chapter and case contributions on “Journey with Utilization-focused Evaluation” in the publications "Making Evaluation Matters" and "UFE-A Primer for Evaluators" (Sage Publication) is a result of the field-testing research. Mr Solomon has published research materials titled "Realities of Adi Andhras in Chennai Metro" and articles/case studies on "Panchayat Raj Institutions". He has also produced Guides on LFA (Logical Framework Approach) and Programme Indicators.
The recent publication on “Social Enterprise Start-up” is a result of the study of social enterprises in India (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh) and Bangladesh. Solomon has subsequently involved in establishing small-scale economic enterprises with the marginalized producers (example, tribal women and poultry farm) and farmers (for example, small and organic farmers) in South India.
He has worked with aid agencies like HEKS-Switzerland, Oxfam Novib, Cordaid-Nederland, Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), IDRC-Canada and various other INGOs in Europe. He also collaborated with consulting organizations like South Research-Belgium, New Economic Group- Canada.
Mr Solomon currently works as a Management Consultant taking up evaluations, collaborates with consulting agencies on assignments and serves as an advisor to Development Aid Agencies from Europe.