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New York City, NY, January 13, 2020 – The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today marking the first step towards establishing a global partnership to support evaluation capacity development.

The IEG-UNDP collaboration comes at a time when the global demand for support to strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and capacities is high. Countries need effective M&E systems and capacities in order to track the progress on their national development strategies. The support to meet this demand, while growing, is often limited by scale and a lack of coordination. As part of this new collaboration, IEG and UNDP aim to pool resources, share knowledge and expertise, and leverage the comparative advantages of each institution for scaling up current initiatives and coordinating global efforts on building M&E systems and capacity.

This collaboration comes at a pivotal moment, as the ten-year countdown toward the Sustainable Development Goals begins,” said Indran Naidoo, UNDP Director of the Independent Evaluation Office. “Effective systems of monitoring and evaluation are critical for reaching the goals, as they allow countries to base policies on what has proven to work, and to monitor their progress to ensure no one is left behind.”

No single institution has the resources to address the current global gaps in monitoring and evaluation capacity,” said Alison Evans, World Bank Vice President and IEG Director-General. “Addressing the scale of the need will require coordinated efforts by broad coalitions, and this collaboration is a step in that direction, providing a foundation that can be built on.” 

Along with coordinating activities and sharing resources, the two organizations will seek to expand their collaboration globally to include the range of countries and institutions involved in developing the capacity for monitoring and evaluation.  

Read more about the current challenges in global M&E capacity and the need for joint action in a recent #WhatWorks blog post by IEG Director-General Alison Evans. 


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Submitted by Nimit Leelasorn on Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:00


Past key success in implementing and ensure sustainability of the monitoring and evaluation system in developing country

1.High level management and World Bank officials understand and support the monitoring & evaluation system
2.High level management have mandated/authority over other regulated entities to adapt and use monitoring & evaluation system for progress monitoring and benchmarking
3.Sufficient capacity of counter part support staff needs to be provided
4.Monitoring & evaluation system software platform to be adjusted to existing capacity with additional capacity building post and pre project implementation
5.Developed monitoring & evaluation system prototype to demonstrate the look and feel to stakeholders
6.During the engagement - to ensure that all participants understand the objective of the system is to benefit them to improve their performance, not to merely add on workload (replacing their existing manual process)
7.Support team have clearly understood and are able to continue to support the system themselves
8.Support team understood and is able to achieve their responsibility using monitoring & evaluation system

Submitted by Edward Cuffy on Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:16


Monitoring and Evaluating has become even more important than ever before. Are there new paradigms to look to that suggest new tools for evaluation and monitoring or there is confidence that existing tools are sufficient.

Submitted by Kennedy Akatsa on Tue, 01/14/2020 - 23:11


Great collaboration given that UNDP is present in all regions especially in developing countries, least developed countries and the Small islands the impact is definitely expected. Should there be an opportunity to be part of the team I will be happy to join.

Submitted by Muziwakhe Mbatha on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 04:17


Our South African National Evaluation System has ben yielding the expected results in terms of program, project, strategy and policy performances through the National Evaluation Policy Framework and the Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation Policy. the System has been evaluated and the framework reviewed following an intensive evaluation of the entire system. The trend now is on fully institutionalising M&E throughout the country and building/developing capacity required within the M&E space. im looking forward to the agenda of the collaboration between the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Agreed. But much still need to be done to manage change in mindset especially in top management. We have just introduced Outcome based planning that underpins the planning framework for strat plans and annual performance’s an ongoing learning process P

Submitted by Patricia Adade… on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 04:21


This collaboration is great. I have been trained in M&E and a member of a VOPE. Will be pleased to join the team if need be.

Submitted by Francis Odada on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 05:08


There has to be a more practical and feasible approach for transformational M &E to rolled out globally, bse M &E is the key to the Optimum resource utilisation and impact of intervention on the global population.

Submitted by Chire on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 07:15


M&E is vital tool in order to achieve results but also learning is other method that can provide lessons learn during the implementation

Submitted by Yadav Prasad J… on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:08


I am working in M & E of air health impacts from climate change, air pollution, disasters, public health WaSH projects. I am looking the similar group. I shall happy to join the group.

Submitted by Ram Khanal on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 22:18


This is really a good initiative. We hope this will be translated soon at country level by having collaborative actions among the stakeholders including VoPEs.

Submitted by Egondu Esinwoke2 on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 20:56


Good to hear about this new collaboration on SDG monitoring and evaluation. That is one aspect of the SDG that still very fragile so is a step in the right direction. More trainings is needed also for Non state actors

Submitted by Beyene on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:34


Importance of M&E is a foretold story. But governments especially in the developing countries' have to pay attention to M&E. Donors, multinational and international communities and development should attempt to convince the governments of developing countries to adapt and mainstream M&E in all development priorities of their countries. Signing the MoU is so appreciated.

Submitted by Angelo Lemor on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 08:32


Very Great step by WB & UNDP. I totally agree that, the governments of developing countries need more attention in regard of adopting M&E for results.
Yes, knowledge and practicing it as a system may can create an opportunity for them to improve policies, programs and process which is relevant to the grassroot.

Submitted by Egwuatu Uchenn… on Mon, 02/21/2022 - 09:14


How can I get funding to pursue research on the mainstreaming of Monitoring and Evaluation in the public sector in Nigeria?

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