A participants demonstrating how the PME model works
PME module is an innovative Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Framework adopted from SEND West Africa (a reputable and credible national Non-Governmental Organization with specialty in Policy research and advocacy focusing on pro-poor policy and development programme monitoring. The model is used to empower rights holders and civil society actors to exercise their rights and make development policies work for the poor and marginalized. It also works as a social accountability tool which relies on rights holders and civil society to participate effectively directly or indirectly to hold government accountability for their public policy commitments.
In order to develop capacity building of her staff in implementing projects, ACFODE organized training on the use of the model on 05th May 2016 at ACFODE House in Bukoto. The training aimed at gaining deeper insight into PME and how to successfully use this concept in her advocacy work. The training was attended by ACFODE Staff, members and participants from other civil society organizations. The facilitator was Ms. Dinah Joy Okono, a program officer at Diakonia. Participants were equipped with knowledge and skills on how they can integrate the new module in the implementation of projects. She enlightened the participants on the principles of the module as ; Multi-stakeholder engagement, a good stakeholder analysis is a must for successful advocacy, accountability and feedback , transparency and openness , honesty/integrity ,enhancing genuine participation, in defining problems and developing appropriate strategies to address them, Evidenced based ,Equality of women and men, representation and non-discrimination , Learning, Innovation and Sharing Knowledge ,enabling action based on information, focus on desired change, among many others.
During the training, participants agreed that if the model is effectively used it will lead to establishment of platforms for civil society, government engagement at the district, regional and national levels ,developed effective working relationships with various govern structures with an objective of influencing government policies through citizens’ feedback mechanism, strengthens the advocacy capacity of local CSOs/CBOs, especially women groups and other vulnerable groups to champion the demand for alternative policies.
Participants were encouraged to always use the module throughout the program implementation and put into practice what they learnt.
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