The maiden GMEF forum in Takoradi was held on 11th November, 2014 in the Auditorium of the Shippers’ Council on the theme “Promoting effective M&E systems in the Oil & Gas sector: Providing Evidence for Informed Decision Making”. It was an exciting and enlightening experience where 69 professionals, M&E practitioners, Traditional Authorities, CSOs and public officials, including some of the regional authorities and the general public gathered to discuss the theme.
Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF) embarked on a project to build capacity in the delivery of M&E services by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. This is in line with its mission “to promote and enable the use of monitoring and evaluation in program implementation and policy planning” through activities supporting two of the four main objectives:
• To share insight and experience in the art and practice of monitoring and evaluation.
• To support continuing monitoring and evaluation education.
GMEF’s intention is to act in a supporting role in assisting some identified government departments to streamline their M&E systems and position them to improve data quality across the data collection, processing, reporting and usage spectrum for both internal reporting as well as external reporting towards the SDGs.
The commencement of a new year signifies new beginnings, ideas and anticipation of exciting new opportunities for a better future. In recent times, new developments are daily occurrences so for one to be knowledgeable and abreast with the times, there is the need to be regularly updated on new advances in information, knowledge and tools. Therefore, when the GMEF 2018 Conference was to take place in January 2018, it was considered appropriate for the proceedings to focus on recent developments in M&E that could serve as motivation for participants to improve on their work in M&E. Incidentally, January 2018 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the beginning of GMEF’s activities in Ghana. As the organization celebrates this key milestone, the Conference also provides a unique opportunity for reflection on the role of GMEF both in retrospection and looking ahead to opportunities for growth in the future.
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 As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have now been superseded by the global consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Africa has to rise to the occasion of evolving its own theories of change; developing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