Strengthening National Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Lesotho, Botswana, and Namibia
CLEAR-AA and UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO) are implementing Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) interventions with the ultimate objective to strengthen individual and institutional monitoring and evaluation capacities. Such capacities in turn will gradually strengthen national monitoring and evaluation systems across the Eastern and Southern Africa regions. The importance of M&E capacities and systems is necessary to track and measure development performance, in line with national development objectives, regional development aspirations (i.e. AU Agenda 2063) and global development goals (i.e. Sustainable Development Goals).
Kingdom of Lesotho:
CLEAR-AA, UNICEF Lesotho, and the Ministry of Development Planning have cooperated to deliver M&E trainings to cohorts of Lesotho public sector staff selected from various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. These training programs are informed by a Monitoring and Evaluation Situation Analysis Report (2021) that CLEAR-AA conducted on the Lesotho public sector, Parliament, and non-governmental institutions. The aim of the M&E trainings is to build a cadre of capable M&E practitioners or public servants who are able to adequately discharge M&E roles and responsibilities when monitoring and evaluating government development plans, policies, programs, and projects. Further, CLEAR-AA and UNICEF have developed a draft National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy through a consultative Policy write-shop, with the intention to harmonize the government-wide M&E system of Lesotho and to institutionalize M&E practice across government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, District Councils, and Local Councils.
Republic of Botswana:
In Botswana, CLEAR-AA, UNICEF Botswana, and the National Strategy Office have cooperated to convene a write-shop that yielded a draft National Evaluation Plan (2022-2024). The aim of this National Evaluation Plan is to incrementally develop and institutionalize a culture of undertaking evaluations across the Botswana public sector. A series of such National Evaluation Plans will build the capacity of ministries, departments, agencies, and districts to plan and undertake evaluations on development policies and programs of national importance in Botswana – as outlined in national development plans. Importantly, it is the use of the findings of such evaluations that is vital – helping the Government of Botswana to improve policy and program implementation as per the findings of evaluation reports.
Republic of Namibia:
In Namibia, CLEAR-AA, UNICEF Namibia, and the National Planning Commission of the Government of Namibia have worked collaboratively to develop a National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy. A Policy write-shop was held in September 2021 which laid foundations for the current, refined draft that is to be validated on 2 December 2021. The aim of this Policy is to institutionalize the M&E functions in all offices, ministries, agencies, parastatals, regional councils, and local authorities of the Government of Namibia. Institutionalized M&E practice shall then improve the implementation and performance of development interventions, thereby improving development outcomes and service delivery that will in turn improve the quality of life of the Namibian population.