National Evaluation Policy (NEP)
There are six countries in Africa which have a National Evaluation Policy approved and implemented, three of which are Twende Mbele’s core partner countries (Benin, Uganda and South Africa) and the other two African countries being Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Nigeria. There is an opportunity and momentum to use peer learning and review as a tool to take various countries past bottlenecks, or capitalise on momentum to create a more supportive and enabling policy environment for national evaluation systems. Twende Mbele hosted a National Evaluation Policy design workshop in October 2017, and a concept note was drafted on the understanding of three new collaborating partner countries’ (Ghana, Niger and Kenya) needs regarding moving their NEPs going forward.
In Ghana, there is optimism and confidence that with the appropriate support, the National Evaluation Policy will be gazetted in 2018. In Niger, there is an existing draft national evaluation policy, but without sufficiently strong institutional and regulatory environment to allow for its final approval and implementation. In Kenya, a national evaluation policy was drafted in 2016 but it is not yet approved, and is thus slowing the institutionalisation of M&E and the NIMES implementation. Each country therefore has a unique opportunity to strengthen the national evaluation policy through different activities.
Twende Mbele has had various interactions with these partner countries to try and better understand the political momentum, the policy environment, and the role a community of practice like Twende Mbele could play to strengthen the national monitoring and evaluation system.
The purpose of this project is to move forward key elements of the national evaluation policies in the three new collaborating partner countries, building on the experience of existing partner countries and the learning that started at the National Evaluation Policy workshop in October 2017. Twende Mbele may also be able to play an advocacy role in this area, by organising and facilitating national workshops aimed at bringing in broader consultation.
This piece of work will be pivotal to meeting Output 1; Increased Demand to Use M&E tools within partner countries and by other governments for improved governance, which leads to the immediate outcome of Improved M&E Systems based on shared experiences are established.