The World Bank recently released a paper entitled Devising an appropriate strategy for capacity building of a national monitoring and evaluation system: lessons from selected African countries. Read it here.
This note examines key stages of national monitoring and evaluation systems’ (NMESs) development in different country contexts and argues for tailored approaches to building M and E capacities. The development of NMESs rests on four building blocks – vision of leadership, an enabling environment, capacity to supply and analyze M and E information, and capacity to demand and use M and E information. Developing countries can differ significantly in their performance along these four dimensions – some have virtually no NMES, while others are at a much more advanced stage where reliable and timely M and E information is generated and used. Most developing countries likely fall in between. Using the example of five African countries, this note discusses the differences and similarities in capacity-building needs for countries at different levels of NMES development.