Over the last decade, Africa has been witnessing the first wave of organizational development to address the evaluation challenges confronting Africa. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have now been superseded by the global consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Africa has to rise to the occasion of evolving its own theories of change; developing home-grown indicators for measuring progress, and fabricating more culturally-nuanced methodologies and tools for evaluating developmental outcomes.
Since 2008, GMEF has been organising various forums and events at different locations in the Greater Accra, Northern, Western, Ashanti, Volta and Upper East Regions. This year, she plans to expand her activities to cover awareness raising among young people who are interested in M&E in tertiary schools as well as Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEE) or young professionals and enthusiasts in M&E. The plan is to start the awareness creation from Accra and gradually expand to the other regions of the country. The maiden Youth Forum was held in Accra at the University of Ghana Business School (Graduate Building) on Saturday, 21st October, 2017 with support from UNICEF, Ghana. This event is expected to lead to another event that will comprise a competition on M&E among the participating institutions, to see how well they have understood M&E and ginger them to take more active part in GMEF activities. The competition should take place hopefully by the end of 2017. Subsequently, similar activities will take place in other parts of the country, with similar target groups.
Since 2008, GMEF has been organising various forums and events at different locations in the Greater Accra, Northern, Western and Ashanti regions. This year, she plans to expand her activities to the Volta and Upper East regions, with support from UNICEF, Ghana. The maiden forum in Bolga aimed at reviewing some identified M&E issues and to start discussions on how to improve on the planning and conduct of M&E in the region. Since it was the first GMEF event in Bolga, it introduced GMEF and encouraged the formation of a local network of M&E practitioners and enthusiasts in the region. Presentations were made by Prof. David Millar, Dr. Sulley Gariba, Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo, Ms. Viola Dasoberi and Alhaji Abubakar Abdulai. In all 86 participants attended the forum.
Development programming is concerned with how to improve the wellbeing of people and promote national development. In attempting to do this, there is the need to examine how well policies or programmes are working, or not working. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is therefore a key aspect of the development process. M&E is about accountability and ensuring that there is effective, routine monitoring to ensure that plans are on course and evaluation carried out to measure the extent to which programme objectives have been met. Together, M&E also provides the transparency needed to guarantee that the impact of national development initiatives is felt by all beneficiaries.
Open the Ghanaian newspapers these days and every now and then, one is bound to find an advertisement for M&E professionals. This critical area of development is fast becoming a very important and highly sought after profession. However, the question remains as to how much capacity building is being provided to enable M&E professionals and enthusiasts carry out their work at full capacity. Continue reading Kumasi 2017 Forum -“IMPACT EVALUATION FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”
Open the Ghanaian newspapers these days and every now and then, one is bound to find an advertisement for M&E professionals. This critical area of development is fast becoming a very important and highly sought after profession. However, the question remains as to how much capacity building is being provided to enable M&E professionals and enthusiasts carry out their work at full capacity Continue reading Presentations From GMEF Kumasi Forum 2017
The UN declared 2015 the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) at the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities, that was organised in São Paulo, Brazil, from 29th September to 2nd October 2013. EvalYear 2015 is meant to coincide with the final year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will be replaced with a new set of internationally agreed goals, Continue reading EVALYEAR, 2015 TAMALE FORUM
In Ghana, the Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation Forum (GMEF), in collaboration with NDPC, AfrEA and UNICEF, planned a number of events to commemorate the year. One of these events was the Forum in Kumasi. This report presents a brief account of what transpired at this interesting event Continue reading REPORT EVALYEAR 2015 KUMASI FORUM MIKLIN HOTEL Conference