Message from CLEAR CEO
As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, member states of the United Nations have endorsed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets to measure progress toward these goals. However, as UN Secretary-General Guterres recently noted, “Without evidence of where we stand now we cannot confidently chart our path forward in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.”
We also find ourselves in an age in which citizens are demanding both more accountability in decision-making from their governments and seeking increased transparency in areas from public spending to service delivery.
The CLEAR Initiative, with its public-good focus and worldwide network, is uniquely positioned to help governments build capacity at national, regional, and local levels to measure development progress and outcomes, strengthen evidence-based policy-making, and increase government accountability and transparency.
This fiscal year, CLEAR delivered monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity-building services to 28,277 individuals (an 18 percent increase over the previous fiscal year). Participants included government officials, representatives of civil society groups and nongovernmental organizations, and professionals in academia, local and regional M&E networks, donors, and the private sector, from 66 countries. For many agencies involved, we complemented trainings with advisory services to improve M&E systems and processes to foster a broader and more enduring impact on evidence-based decision-making.
We leveraged CLEAR’s growing strength and maturity with an increased focus on longer-term engagements to deepen the culture of M&E in client institutions. Our clients appreciate the quality of our work: 85 percent of clients rated our services as useful and more than 90 percent indicated these services were of high quality. The outcome stories included in this report illustrate the rich variety of clients, regions, and organizations we have supported.
One of our biggest successes this year was scaling up the Program in Rural M&E (PRiME), developed in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the entire CLEAR Initiative. PRiME offers dedicated training on M&E to government officials managing rural projects. This year, we graduated our first cohort of participants from 35 countries and will matriculate a second cohort in 2019. This effort demonstrated the value of CLEAR’s global network, proving that it is possible to deliver a high-quality, standardized training program through solid intercontinental partnerships and that CLEAR’s multiregional structure is contributing to wider impact and reach. PRiME is well-positioned to continue scaling up its reach in the rural sector globally and to scale out to other sectors as opportunities arise.
This was also an important year in terms of defining CLEAR’s future strategy to continue expanding our activities, deepening our global, regional and national impact, and achieve sustainability after our multi-donor trust fund winds down in 2021. In consultation with CLEAR’s Centers, Global Hub, and donors, we developed a road map to make progress in each of our three strategic pillars (the CLEAR Way, Funding, and Partnerships), drafted a Menu of Services that reflects our areas of greatest strength and opportunity, and embarked upon defining a vision and strategy for CLEAR’s future. This Phase 3 Strategy will be ready in the spring of 2019.
Looking forward, with a guiding strategy in place, a vibrant global network of centers, and a unique public good focus, the CLEAR Initiative is strongly positioned to provide the services and support needed to respond not only to the 2030 Agenda, but also to empower local and regional governments to develop the evidence required to respond to their constituents.
I am thrilled to join CLEAR as its CEO at this pivotal time, one in which we are truly coalescing as a global network that is uniquely positioned to help countries strengthen their M&E systems and foster evidence-based policy and program decisions.