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posted on 25 Apr, 2016

Monitoring and evaluation conference hosted by GFA

On 14 and 15 April 2016, GFA hosted the annual conference of the German Evaluation Society (DeGEval) working group on development policy in Hamburg. About 85 participants discussed “Monitoring and Evaluation in Settings of Fragility – What to do in Afghanistan, Syria, Sierra Leone?” Speakers working in and on German development cooperation put in concepts  and experiences.

The conference aimed at fostering dialog among practitioners representing the German Institute for Development Evaluation, implementing agencies such as GIZ and KfW, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Federal Foreign Office, FAO, political foundations, NGOs, consulting companies and independent consultants. Among others, two GFA consultants shared their experiences with the set-up of the monitoring system and data collection in the GIZ-financed program Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion in Afghanistan (SEDEP).

All participants actively engaged in different discussion formats. They agreed that fostering development cooperation with countries entangled in conflict, fragility and violence is key for sustainable development. Discussions should focus on questions such as: What are hands-on examples of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in fragile contexts? How do these experiences differ from experiences in more stable settings? Which specific threats do evaluators face? What can commissioners of M&E missions do in order to reduce risks?


by  Lena Jedamzik