CSOs Hold Forum On Monitoring And Evaluation

About 29 policy think tanks and civil society organisations (CSOs) in West and Central Africa are holding a four-day regional monitoring and evaluation (M&E) workshop in Accra aimed at tracking the impact of their activities on the countries in which they operate.

The workshop is organised by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the body that gives financial backing to the said think-tanks and CSOs.

It is also aimed at assessing the impact of ACBF’s financial support to the institutions, its projects and programmes and their impact on beneficiary countries and the populace in particular.

The Executive Secretary of the foundation, Dr Frannie Léautier, said at the opening ceremony that the workshop was expected to end with a core M&E indicator capable of tracking the performance of ACBF’s sponsored institutions and projects in the region.

About 75 participants from 17 countries are participating in the workshop which is being supported by the World Bank and coordianted by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), one of the beneficiaries of ACBF’s funding.

The workshop is on the theme ‘Improving skills and competencies in project results management’ and will run from July 23-27.

“The ability to track, get results and measure impact leads to learning and innovation,”

“The challenges facing Africa today are enormous. We are in an environment where an increasing number of the resources are diminishing yet more is still coming in. There is, therefore, the need for increasing M&E programmes to help track how these resources are applied and what the impact is on individuals,” Dr Léautier added.

A similar workshop, she said would be organised for ACBF-sponsored institutions and projects in Southern and Central Africa in September this year.

The foundation currently provides financial support to the Center for Policy Analysis (CEPA), the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) as well as other human development and capacity building in economic and governance programmes at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the University of Ghana.

The Executive Secretary of IDEG, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, thanked the ACBF for instituting the M&E workshop to track the performance project performance. He further called on sister ACBF-sponsored institutions to help devise M&E mechanisms that could track the economic and social performance of their respective countries and the continent at large.

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