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Monitoring and Evaluation in Development, South Africa 2005 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kennedy Lweya, IMA International   
Tuesday, 08 November 2005
IMA International (www.imainternational.com) has just completed a two-week Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Development course which was conducted at the Breakwater Lodge of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School for Business in Cape Town, South Africa from 10 to 21 October 2005. The course was a great success with 22 participants representing 11 countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Lesotho, Ghana, Italy, Philippines, Ethiopia, Malawi, India, Mozambique and the host country South Africa. Three IMA trainers facilitated the course. They came from Brighton in the United Kingdom, Brisbane in Australia and Cape Town in South Africa. 

The course covered all aspects of monitoring and evaluation including M&E in Development, Project Cycle Management, Logframe Matrix Approach, Stakeholder Analysis, Participatory M&E, Managing Evaluations and Communication for Change and was a mixture of taught sessions, exercises and discussions. Visits for practical experience were made to Habitat for Humanity, an international organisation which runs low-cost housing programmes for low-income sectors of the population particularly in the townships in South Africa. Participants got insights on the monitoring systems used by Habitat for Humanity in their programmes and witnessed participatory techniques used in both the implementation and monitoring process through visits to and interviews with beneficiaries of completed and active housing projects.

Course participants also put into practice some of the skills gained in the course by conducting an evaluation exercise of the Big Issue, a programme which aims at providing sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment to street vendors through the sale of the Big Issue monthly magazine. The evaluation feedback to the Big Issue was highly appreciated by the organisation as they not only got insights on how best their programme is performing but also recommendations on how to maximise the programme’s positive impact.

Some participants put their M&E skills into practice by starting the development process and improvement of their organisations’ M&E systems. “I have been really equipped to put into practice the M&E skills…I plan to improve our existing M&E system on my return,” remarked one participant.  

All participants left motivated with clear ideas on how they can improve their monitoring and evaluation systems within their own organisations and appreciative of the challenges that will be faced.

IMA International will run a similar course at the Breakwater Lodge of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa from 14th to 25th August 2006 (http://www.imainternational.com/med2006.php).

For More Information contact:
Kennedy Lweya
Training and Development Consultant
Kennedy@imainternational.com

IMA International
Randolphs Farm
Brighton Road
Hurstpierpoint
West Sussex
BN6 9EL, UK.

Tel: +44(0) 1273 833030    Fax: +44(0) 1273 833230
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