Title
The challenge of monitoring and evaluation under the new aid modalities: experiences from Rwanda The challenge of monitoring and evaluation under the new aid modalities: experiences from Rwanda
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of modern African studies. - Cambridge, 1963, currens
Volume/pages
46(2008) :4 , p. 577-602
ISSN
0022-278X
1469-7777
ISI
000261520200003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are sensitive issues in relations between donor agencies and recipient governments, especially in a time when the responsibility for implementing aid activities is shifting towards recipients. This paper deplores that, so far, donors and recipients have adopted an overly technocratic approach to M&E, largely disregarding broader institutional and systemic issues. Using case study material from Rwanda, we illustrate that assessments regarding the quality of a countrys M&E efforts may differ sharply depending upon ones perspective. At the core of the matter is the denial of politics , one of the most serious flaws in the new aid paradigm promoted in the OECDs 2005 Paris Declaration . We argue that while a narrowly defined technocratic vision of M&E may seem politically neutral , in fact it may jeopardise M&Es functions of accountability and feedback. This can eventually undermine the effective implementation of some of the key principles of the new aid approach.
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