In October of 2017 Kenya became one of three new Twende Mbele collaborating partner countries. In Kenya, the core work for monitoring and evaluation is delivered using the National Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES) coordinated by the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (MED) domiciled in the Ministry of Treasury and Planning. MED is the government department responsible for coordination of all M&E the activities.
The NIMES was established in 2004 through a multi-stakeholder effort to track the implementation of policies, programmes and projects at all levels of governance. Involved were development partners such as the UN bodies, the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank (WB) among others. Significant to note is that the government provides annual budgetary allocation to support the operations of the NIMES. The system is operated under the strategic direction of a National Steering Committee (NSC) that is chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning which includes stakeholders from the Government, Development Partners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
At its formation, it aimed at encouraging the culture and practice for monitoring and evaluation and promoting accountability to enhance of public service delivery. The NIMES is also expected to provide timely and reliable feedback to the budgetary preparation process through the preparation of monitoring and evaluation reports such as the Ministerial Monitoring and Evaluation Reports (MAMERS), Ministerial Public Expenditure Review (MPER) and the Annual Progress Reports (APRs) among others. Results from the NIMES were to also provide evidence on the effectiveness of government programmes and projects by ensuring active participation of civil society organisations, Non-governmental organisations, academia and private sector among others.
The NIMES operates at both the national and devolved level. At the national level, the framework exists in all the 18 ministries that form the national government structure while at the devolved level, committees exist in all the 47 counties in the countries. The County committees have the flexibility of devolving to lower level structures that are closer to the communities. The framework is expected to provide a transparent platform by which government and development partners can undertake shared appraisal of results.
The Monitoring & Evaluation Department, headed by Dr Samson Machuka, is the key Twende partner. Twende also has growing partnership with the Parliamentary Budget Office in the Kenyan Parliament.