The East and Central Africa (ECA) Flagship of Humidtropics organized a 4-day (21-24 of March 2016) training in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) based on Result-Based Management (RBM) and DevResults Frameworks in Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop was designed to introduce partners who are involved in the implementation of platform-led research (also known as Cluster 4 projects), as well as the Action Sites’ M&E Focal Points across the Flagship to the basics of RBM and DevResults frameworks and to strengthen their skills in applicable performance monitoring, measurement and reporting of their projects.
The workshop which was attended by 13 participants from five Action Sites (Ethiopia, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda) was declared open by Dr. Patrick Karangwa, Head of Research Department, who represented the Director General of Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) after a brief opening remark by Dr. Chris Okafor, the ECA Flagship Manager.
Dr. Karangwa drew the attention of the participants to the importance of M&E in project management and urged them to give their best attention to the workshop. He added that Humidtropics is one of the successful projects that RAB involved in in Rwanda and they are really excited to be part of the CGIAR initiative on establishment of platforms at both national and local levels.
The workshop sessions used various participatory learning and sharing methods such as small and large group exercises, case studies, interactive presentations and field exercises to address the various components of the training program including understanding the RBM logic framework, review of Cluster 4 logic frameworks, understanding the four stages in an M&E system, performance monitoring framework including definition of indicators for the different levels of results, data collection processes, basics of web-based DevResult framework and how to use it.
Participants had the opportunity to share experiences in implementing M&E activities as well as participate in a full day exciting practical exercise in data collection with Kanyoza Innovation Platform farmers. With basic understanding of the functions of DevResults, the participants tried their hands at creating indicators and uploading results. At the end, the participants developed an M&E plan with clear timelines for their Cluster 4 projects. The workshop was supported by three resource persons Dr. Chris Okafor, Rachel Zozo and David Obisesan.
Expressing their gratitude and satisfaction, two participants speaking on behalf of the group commended the ECA Flagship for organizing the training. Gracia Kahasha, a youth agripreneur participant from DRC said “The workshop was very interesting. I came not knowing what M&E is all about but now I know what it is and I can explain to others what it is”.
Prof. Moses Tenywa from Makerere University in Uganda added “Africans have improved their ways of doing things. They are grateful to Humidtropics with its innovative ways because national partners are now in control of the projects they develop and implement successfully without waiting from outsiders to show them the way they should take. He added that M&E is a strong tool to help achieving the desired results from inputs-outputs-outcomes-impacts with clear indicators to be closely monitored at each level along the impact pathway”.
The workshop was closed by the Dr. Karangwa who encouraged the participants to put to use the knowledge and skills they have gained in the course of the training workshop.
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