Moderated by Adeline Sibanda
The experience shows us that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems in Africa are primarily copied and pasted from donor countries. These M&E systems have been instrumental in measuring and tracking development results in Africa. It is also a fact that the current M&E practice is not immune from criticism. One of the critics is that they are not adequately addressing Africa’s development challenges. The powerholders and funders determine what and how to evaluate and who is involved in the process. The citizens’ voice is inadequate in these systems. Another shortcoming is that the African values, as well as ways of constructing knowledge and measuring results, are not reflected in these M&E systems. Therefore, there is a need to re-examine the M&E paradigms that are being used to measure development results in Africa. In light of the Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030, it is vital to set up effective monitoring and evaluation systems that are owned and led by Africans.
In this discussion, we would like to interrogate the current M&E systems and how they can be improved to contribute towards managing for development results in Africa. Your response to the following questions is essential in this process of making M&E systems align with the development agenda in Africa.
- How could M&E strengthen Managing for Development Results (MfDR) in Africa?
- Which countries in Africa have succeeded in setting up effective M&E Systems? What are the critical elements of these systems?
- How do you think the Africa-led M&E system should be different from the current M&E systems?