Taking Stock of Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements in the Context of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Evidence from 20 Aid-Dependent Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2012
© The Authors 2012. Development Policy Review © 2012 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 30, Issue 6, pages 749–772, November 2012
How to Cite
Holvoet, N., Gildemyn, M. and Inberg, L. (2012), Taking Stock of Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements in the Context of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Evidence from 20 Aid-Dependent Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Development Policy Review, 30: 749–772. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00597.x
- Issue online: 12 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2012
- first submitted April 2011; final revision accepted February 2012
- Monitoring and evaluation systems;
- Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP);
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Shifts in thinking and practice concerning aid have posed serious challenges in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for both donors and recipients, but progress in reform remains slow. An important first step in any initiative involving M&E capacity development is the diagnosis of the systems' current status. This article presents a diagnostic checklist that captures issues of M&E policy: indicators, data collection and methodology; organisation; capacity-building; participation of nongovernmental actors; and use. It applies it to a review of the PRSP M&E arrangements of 20 aid-dependent countries in sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate comparative strengths and weaknesses.