African Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Workshop Report

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The workshop, case studies and the synthesis paper were sponsored by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the South African Presidency, the CLEAR Center for Anglophone Africa, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The individual case studies detail learning from the specific country contexts, while the accompanying synthesis paper, The Growing Demand for Monitoring and Evaluation in Africa, captures some of the broader trends and issues that are emerging across the cases.

The case study exercise itself grew out of cooperation at Ministerial level between Burundi and South Africa. Minister Collins Chabane of the South Africa Presidency subsequently tasked the DPME in the South African Presidency to undertake a learning event on M&E systems across a range of African countries. In partnership with the CLEAR Center for Anglophone Africa , the DPME hosted the workshop to which four senior officials from each of the six participating countries were invited. Using open dialogue techniques, delegates were able to reflect on the case studies, analyse M&E within their own country in terms of what was working well, and identify potential areas for learning and improvement. The event concluded with a call for further exchange opportunities, and a deepening and widening of cross-country learning. The workshop in Pretoria was attended by senior monitoring and evaluation officials from seven African case countries, as well as by experts from Colombia, Malaysia, the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The workshop was facilitated by professional process consultants (Indigenous Peoples Knowledge).

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