In October of 2017 Niger became one of three new Twende Mbele collaboration partner countries. Niger has historically been one of the front-runners in African national evaluation systems, hosting the 4th African Evaluation Association conference in 2007. A draft national evaluation policy was written in 2008, however, this is yet to be approved and implemented.
The Niger Government’s interest in M&E lies mainly in its adoption of Results Based Management principles and its determination to respond effectively to the main challenges facing the country. To this aim, the country seeks to continually develop and use good governance methods and tools to support its strategic choices. Within this framework, the Government has drawn up an Economic and Social Development Plan (ESDP), which remains the fundamental tool used in developing economic and social policy of the country, and is seen as dynamic, ambitious and well-intentioned.
In addition, with the support of partners – including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Niger has developed a draft national evaluation policy document which is awaiting adoption.
At the Executive level, the Prime Minister has mechanisms to address this issue in accordance with the vision of the Head of State, including the Center for Policy Analysis and Evaluation of Governmental Action (Centre d’Analyse des Politiques et de l’Evaluation de l’Action Gouvernementale – CAPEG) and the High Council for the Modernization of Niger (Haut-Commissariat à la Modernisation de l’Etat du Niger – HCME). The Minister of Planning, who is responsible for M&E at the executive level, oversees an M&E unit, although it is still not operational. In all the sectoral ministries, there are Departments of Studies and Planning (DSP), which each house an M&E Cell, and the Departments of Statistics (DS), who represent the true anchors of the existing M&E system.
Twende Mbele is working closely with the HCME to revise and implement their national evaluation policy, and to build the evaluation capacity of its staff.
The Centre dÁnalyse des Politiques et de lÉ valuation de lÁction Gouvernmentale (CAPEG) which operates under the Prime Minister, monitors Government actions and produces periodic performance reports (quarterly and annually) on actions taken within the country’s Economic and Social Development Plan (ESDP) This report is a compilation of performance monitoring reports developed by the DSPs of sectoral ministries.
The office of the HCME is an interface between public service providers (State Structures) and users, and plays a facilitation role. The office tracks all problems and solutions by the State to improve overall performance of its planning system. It remains the cornerstone of Niger’s current national M&E system.
Ministry of Planning
The Ministry of Planning is a vital link for planning at the national level. It elaborates a multi-annual programming document, the ESDP, with its monitoring mechanism. The Ministry is currently conducting the technical and political process of preparing the National Evaluation Policy (NEP) in Niger.
Niger hosts an active National Network of Monitoring & Evaluation (Réseau Nigérien de Suivi Evaluation – ReNSE), a civil society organization. The network supports the Government with advice and advocacy in the practice of evaluation and in capacity building.