Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Development
“Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is important for all to measure the impact of our programmes and improve them based on the lessons learned. Nowhere is M&E more important than in Egypt today, where there is need of better targeting and implementation of social policies. It is not enough to collect anecdotes; we must now base our policies and programmes on scientific rigor and concrete indicators to make a true difference” said Anita Nirody, the UNDP Resident Representative of Egypt, at the opening ceremony of the Social Contact Centre’s Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Government Officials on 3 May.
The Social Contract Advisory, Monitoring and Coordination Centre (SCC) is a UNDP project established within the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) with the aims to promote public dialogue, strengthen monitor of development progress and define a vision of a new social contract in Egypt. Along this line, the SCC has organized a 6-day-workshop in Cairo to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation capacities of some 40 government official in Egypt.
“Poverty is an important challenge for the Egyptian government. And I strongly believe that better monitoring and evaluation is needed to make our policies and programmes more effective to tackle this critical challenge. I do not want this training to be a single event, where officials come to simply collect certificates. I would like to see the skillsets gained today apply in our daily practice and policy work,” emphasized Sherif Moharram, the chairperson of the IDCS.
The workshop has been organized in close collaboration with the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), which is UNDP’s flagship centre on policy dialogue and South-South cooperation in development innovations. The IPC-IG has been working closely with UNDP Egypt and the Egyptian government to strengthen monitoring and impact evaluation of their development policies and programmes for over five years. Through the workshop, experts from the IPC-IG will provide government officials with an understanding on the concepts of M&E and with skills on how to apply them in their daily work. The Social Contract Centre with support from the IPC-IG is also planning to organize another workshop in June to advance impact evaluation of researchers and development specialists in Egypt. These programmes hope to lead Egypt to ‘embrace the culture of evaluation’ in its many development policies and practices.
The Social Contract Centre and its activities have been implemented through the generous contribution by the Government of Japan.