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.
Since then, there have been several other events throughout the country, including the GMEF 2018 National Conference that was held in Accra on 9th and 10th January 2018. As expected, most Conference participants were from Accra. The main focus was 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 provided a unique opportunity for reflection on the role of GMEF both in retrospection and looking ahead to opportunities for growth in the future. Consequently, as has been the norm for GMEF, it was agreed that in ensuing forums organised in other parts of the country, some of the proceedings would be shared with those who could not participate in the Accra Conference.
Therefore, the Takoradi Forum 2018 was under the theme, “Taking M&E Forward: Building on New Concepts, Processes and Systems”. The forum was facilitated by Dede Bedu-Addo (Coordinator, GMEF), Kwabena Agyei Boakye (Independent M&E Consultant and the 1st GMEF Coordinator), Frema Ansere-Bioh (M&E Practitioner/Social Development Expert) and Mr. Prince Dela Boni (Independent Information Management Consultant). Mrs Beatrice Sam (Chief Operations Officer, COO, Western Region Coastal Foundation) was the Moderator for the event. With support from UNICEF, the forum was attended by One Hundred and Eleven (119) participants. Download full report here Takoradi Forum 2018 REPORT