Strengthening Anglophone Africa M&E systems: A CLEAR-AA perspective on guiding principles, challenges and emerging lessons

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dc.contributor.author Dr. Dlakavu, Ayabulela
dc.contributor.author Dr. Chirau, Takunda
dc.contributor.author Masilele, Banele
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-03T14:34:03Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-03T14:34:03Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Chirau, T., Dlakavu, A. & Masilela, B., 2022, ‘Strengthening Anglophone Africa M&E systems: A CLEAR-AA perspective on guiding principles, challenges and emerging lessons’, African Evaluation Journal 10(1), a601. https:// doi.org/10.4102/aej. v10i1.601 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2306-5133
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/32861
dc.description.abstract Background: Evaluation capacity development (ECD) is evolving to adapt to 21st century governance and development contexts across the world. Consequently, the ECD community is seized with processes of developing, implementing and sharing best ECD practices that are able to build strong and resilient individual and institutional M&E capacities. Objectives: The article seeks to contribute to the on-going discourse and practice regarding evaluation capacity development (ECD) approaches and interventions in Anglophone Africa, Africa, the Global South and global best practice. Method: The article’s methodology is essentially centred on action research pursued during the course of co-planning and designing ECD interventions across English-speaking African countries, empirical data as well as the authors’ experiences and insights gained from leading ECD interventions across African countries. Results: The Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results – Anglophone Africa’s (CLEAR-AA) principle of partnering and engaging governments and development partners throughout the life cycle of ECD interventions is paramount to cultivating country-owned and led national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems that are sustainable and are able to facilitate a shift towards evidence-based decision-making. Conclusion: The value of this CLEAR-AA mission is that it offers the possibility of improving decision-making, policymaking and implementation and better service delivery and development outcomes in English-speaking Africa. While noting well-known M&E challenges that impact the success of ECD interventions in Africa, the article highlights forward-looking CLEAR-AA strategies that seek to improve the success and impact of its ECD interventions in Anglophone Africa. Such strategies include the identification and use of M&E champions in each country; working to integrate the M&E function within public sector decision-making, development planning, implementation and budgeting processes; and building ECD partnerships with governments, non-governmental institutions and development partners who have intricate knowledge of country M&E systems. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher African Evaluation Journal en_ZA
dc.subject national evaluation systems; monitoring; evaluation; ownership; evidence; outcomes and development. en_ZA
dc.title Strengthening Anglophone Africa M&E systems: A CLEAR-AA perspective on guiding principles, challenges and emerging lessons en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 10 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Strengthening Anglophone Africa M&E systems: A CLEAR-AA perspective on guiding principles, challenges and emerging lessons en_ZA
dc.description.librarian JR2022 en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/601/1047 en_ZA
dc.journal.issue 1 en_ZA
dc.article.start-page 1 en_ZA
dc.article.end-page 12 en_ZA


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