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Accountability -a fact of life for funded initiatives.

 

Together with the Mary Ward Loreto (MWL NGO), Different and Equal, VATRA and Planet Go (NGOs in Albania), RENATE was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in training on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with the assistance of our funders. RENATE President, Imelda Poole, IBVM and Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications & Administration attended the training and also availed of ten opportunity to have a guided morning working through the best methodology for monitoring and evaluation.

Accountability and value for money are terms applicable to all sectors in receipt of funding and each of the above NGOs are not sheltered from such transparency.

RENATE relies on its membership to record its various actions/events/supports- both quantitatively in terms of numbers and qualitatively in terms of the impact of the work on the ground. It is a very helpful tool in determining the extent to which a programme/project is on track and to make any needed corrections accordingly. M & E is supposed to be helpful in ensuring the most effective and efficient use of resources and is also said to help programme implementers determine the extent to which the programme/ project is on track and to make any needed corrections accordingly.

While Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E ) is used to assess the performance of projects, institutions and programmes set up by governments, international organisations  and NGOs on an ever-increasing scale worldwide, the NGO’s referred to in this feature, thought it necessary and valuable to undergo training in this specific area.

Many international organizations such as the United NationsUSAID, the World Bank group and the Organization of American States have been utilizing this process for many years. The process is also growing in popularity in the developing countries where the governments have created their own national M&E systems to assess the development projects, the resource management and the government activities or administration. The developed countries are using this process to assess their own development and cooperation agencies.

Thus, RENATE members can anticipate a renewed call for data relating to their various initiatives. Your assistance in providing that data to Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications, in compiling the RENATE Database, will be greatly appreciated when Anne will be in contact with each of you for updates to the existing database.