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Message from the Twende Mbele Chair

What an exciting and action-packed few months we've had in Twende Mbele. The programme is in full implementation of over 13 projects, and we have now had additional funding from the Hewlett Foundation. We are expanding and have formally welcomed Kenya, Ghana and Niger as Collaborators with Twende. We will be working closely with them on their national evaluation policies, continued capacity building and bringing them into some of our existing tool adaptation projects.

We've also been busy presenting our learning at the SAMEA conference in Johannesburg, at the 1st Africa M&E Indaba also in Johannesburg, at the NEC conference in Istanbul, and most recently, at the IDEAS conference in Mexico. These have not only been fantastic opportunities for showcasing Twende's peer-learning approach and successes, but have also been points of tremendous learning on new ideas for our own national evaluation systems.

As we've neared the end of the year we've seen a number of results come out of our diagnostic work. We have a draft report on the baseline of M&E Culture in Benin, Uganda and South Africa. This has shown that a strong M&E culture has greater impact on performance when there are high levels of use of evaluation, management responses, openness of information, and transparency.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Pamoja, and look forward to learning with all in 2018!

Deepening Collaboration between Governments and Civil Society

There is considerable scope for collaboration between African governments and civil society organisations (CSOs) for M&E but often these opportunities are not optimally taken advantage of, sometimes due to mutual suspicion. CSOs can provide support to government M&E systems, however, the level of involvement of civil society organisations in government M&E systems in the three Twende partner countries is neither well understood nor well documented. The three countries have identified the role of civil society in strengthening the M&E function of the governments as a priority, and as such CLEAR-AA and Twende have teamed-up to conduct a diagnostic of the state of CSO/government collaboration in each country.

During November and December, three data collection workshops took place in each country, aimed at exploring current and potential strategies for bolstering the government/CSO collaboration. These workshops have provided deeper insights into the current state of play, and no country currently has a formal mechanism for connecting CSOs to government in terms of evaluation or research evidence. While there were some examples of good practice, these were ad hoc, and described as being based largely on personal relationships, rather than a solid institutional foundation

Workshop data is being augmented by face to face interviews with stakeholders in each country, and an online quantitative survey. The full findings will be presented and validated during in-country workshops in March 2018.
Read the full story here.

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Exploring the Demand and Supply of Evaluators

As Africa moves away from donor compliance to policy-driven demand for evaluations, there is a growing demand for evaluations and for qualified evaluators to supply the market. Africa is faced with a supply need. The question here is two-fold: Are there enough suppliers to meet growing demand, and if not, what can be done to capacitate the market? Not only is the continent looking at an insufficient supply, but it is in that pool of insufficient supply where there are further limitations in quality. Are the suppliers qualified, and what constitutes a qualified evaluator? These are the questions Twende Mbele will be answering in the coming months.
Read more here.

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National Evaluation Policy Design Clinic

Many countries are in the process of doing some evaluation – even if in an ad hoc manner, or donor-driven, and some are building building a system for evaluation of national policies and programmes. However, lack of an national evaluation policy (NEP) has been seen as a challenge to the continued institutionalisation of evaluation at the national level. Previous consultation suggests that this contributes to a lack of resources being allocated for building their national evaluation system.

As a side event to the South African M&E Association conference, Twende Mbele organised a one-day clinic focused on the process of developing a NEP, and the content of such a policy. Seventeen people attended, from 14 countries, and were exposed to lessons and hints from those five countries who have successfully had their NEPs approved (South Africa, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe).

Major lessons emerging from the workshop were that NEPs require political buy-in, and that other sectors and systems in each country can assist with learning on how to achieve this. The National Evaluation System needs a coordination body, and that this body needs an institutional framework for implementation of the NEP. Without this, the NEP will not be successful.

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Gender Responsiveness gets Moving in Uganda

Twende Mbele held a Validation and Action Planning workshop in October 2017 entitled “Diagnostic of the Gender Responsiveness of the National Monitoring and Evaluation System in Uganda”. The report was a result of a regional study on the gender responsiveness of national monitoring and evaluation systems in Benin, Uganda and South Africa conducted in the pilot phase of Twende Mbele.

The Validation and Action planning workshop for the study report was attended by different participants including Government, civil society, development partners and private sector actors. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Rosetti Nabbumba, President of the Uganda Evaluation Association and it focused on two key objectives:

To provide a platform for inter-agency consultation and validation of the 2016 Gender Responsiveness report

To create a draft action plan for improving the gender responsive of the national M&E system in Uganda for 2018-2019.

Presentations were made followed by group work by the participants to validate the study findings, conclusions and recommendations. The Nominal Group Five groups discussed and validated the allocated criteria in the study report with regard to the National Evaluation Policy, National Evaluation System, key challenges and prioritised actions.


Atelier De Formation Des Parlementaires Du Reseau Apnode Benin En Suivi Evaluation

Du 28 au 29 septembre 2017, s’était tenu à l’Hôtel Djêgba de Ouidah au Benin, l’atelier de formation sur l’importance du suivi-évaluation pour le contrôle parlementaire au profit des parlementaires béninois membres du Réseau APNODE. Cette formation était organisée conjointement par CLEAR AA et le programme Twende Mbele. Elle a permis aux parlementaires de comprendre l’importance du suivi évaluation pour le contrôle parlementaire et la nécessité d’asseoir le contrôle de l’action gouvernementale sur l’utilisation des données probantes.
Lire plus ici.

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Students from the Evidence-based Policy Development & Implementation Course

Adapting top management course in Uganda and Benin

Twende Mbele together with the Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda are organising a high level training for February 2018 for all Directors in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The course outlines how to use evidence in policy making and decision making, and is meant to be a high level advocacy
This course has been run for seven years through the University of Cape Town, in conjunction with South Africa's Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development, and will be adapted for Benin and Uganda. In October, the team from Uganda attended the course in Cape Town. The team included Prof Basheka Benon from the Uganda Technology and Management University, who will be co-facilitating the Uganda training together with key champions from the OPM and the Public Service.

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Upcoming Twende events in South Africa 2018

▪ 24 January 2018, Gender Validation workshop, in Pretoria. This workshop will review the updated report on the Gender Responsiveness of the NES and validate its findings.
24 January 2018, Gender Validation workshop, in Pretoria. This workshop will review the updated report on the Gender Responsiveness of the NES and validate its findings.

Upcoming Twende events in Benin 2018

Les ateliers de validation des études diagnostiques sur l'adaptation du MPAT au Benin ainsi que sur la prise en compte du genre dans le système national de suivi et d'évaluation se tiendront courant le mois de janvier 2018.

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Upcoming Twende events in Uganda 2018

▪ 7th February (TBC), MPAT situational analysis validation and dissemination workshop
▪ 21st February, Demand & Supply of Evaluators data collection and action planning workshop
▪ 27th February - 1st March (TBC), Evidence-based Policy-making & Implementation course, Jinja
7th February (TBC), MPAT situational analysis validation and dissemination workshop
21st February, Demand & Supply of Evaluators data collection and action planning workshop
27th February - 1st March (TBC), Evidence-based Policy-making & Implementation course, Jinja

Kind regards,
The Twende Mbele Team

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