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.
Although there is Monitoring of national programmes in progress, it is fraught with many challenges related to record keeping, proper documentation and inadequate capacities to conduct effective monitoring. Evaluation, on the other hand, remains a very external aspect of national development in Ghana. Most evaluations are externally-driven: either commissioned by donors or commissioned by government and other organisations to meet donor requirements for external support/funding. The national M&E system has diverse challenges, key among them being that most stakeholders have very little knowledge of the national setup and how it functions. Questions of efficiency and effectiveness remain unanswered and often unchallenged, leading to the quest for a national policy and more public education on the existing and preferred M&E systems and structures.
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 Ho aimed at reviewing the issues identified above 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 Ho, it introduced GMEF and encouraged the formation of a local network of M&E practitioners and enthusiasts in the region. The forum was graced with the presence of the Hon. Volta regional Minister and his deputy. In all 126 participants attended the forum. Download Full Presentations Here: WHAT is evaluation and WHY is it important +SN inputs GMEF Gender Equality and Social Inclusion 2017 Why Is Evaluation Important To Government? Creating an enabling environment for evaluation in Ghana Download Full Report Here: Ho Forum Report