At the invitation of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), DeLoG’s Working Paper No. 4 on “Building Country Monitoring and Evaluation Systems to Support Decentralisation Reforms” was presented on 5 December, 2016 in Bern as part of a Global Seminar Series. After an introduction of Corinne Huser (SDC), the author of the document, Sebastian Bartsch, emphasized in his presentation the limited progress achieved so far in this area and the ensuing need to revise existing approaches.
The lively discussion with participants, who came mainly from SDC’s Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Department, revolved around experience made with sectoral country M&E systems, especially in the health sector, and the applicability to decentralisation, as well as ownership issues and the role of the local level in future SDG monitoring. Current developments in connection with the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation recently held in Nairobi were also reflected.
The working paper analyses the current level and use of 15 mainly sub-Saharan African countries’ own monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as development partners’ support in the area of country systems for monitoring and evaluating decentralisation reforms. Collected data reveals that many efforts are still confined to the level of planning and data collection. Efforts lack the processing and analysis of the data collected and therefore few presentable products and even less examples of the use and transfer of M&E findings were found. In a summary, the working paper defines action-oriented principles for development partners’ support.
The DeloG Global Seminar Series is a knowledge exchange format on decentralisation and local governance among members of the DeLoG network. Please visit the website www.delog.org or contact the coordinator of the network´s secretariat, Jochen Mattern (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further Information.