Capacity Strengthening Initiative for South African Women-Led NGO’s and CBO’s

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Understanding the importance of monitoring and evaluating peacebuilding initiatives

ACCORD continues to innovatively work with fourteen women peacebuilders representing the Gender Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health; Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants; Human Rights and Education; Rural and Environmental Women’s Development; the Elderly and Orphaned Children; Youth Empowerment; and Psychosocial Support sectors. 

As such, on 23 June 2022, ACCORD held a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) thematic session for its cohort of women peacebuilders. Facilitated by ACCORD’s Advisor on Women Peace and Security – Ms. Pravina Makan-Lakha, the session sought to contextualise M&E, and the skill of adapting to the changing environment of resource mobilisation in the context of M&E. During this session, the participants were able to understand the critical need for M&E in peacebuilding, specifically as components of programme design, planning and implementation, as well as in measuring the impact of the programme.  Each organization bears the responsibility to monitor not only project achievements but to assess the progress and reprioritise where necessary.

The group discussions looked at the various possibilities of engaging in M & E, and this included, convening regular workshops, documenting effective feedback and self-assessment, and managing financial resources.  The women leaders appreciated identifying the practical elements of the work that they are already doing, with the M & E theory that will now enable them to use the impact driven statements towards building on their resources.

Article by:

Lwandile Moyo
Programme Officer