OUR PARTNERS & STAKEHOLDERS
MED has established partnerships and collaborations to support its work which is mainly geared towards M&E reports preparation, capacity development and resource mobilization.
These institutions are the primary source of M&E data which is processed to produce the various M&E reports for example Annual Progress Reports, Public Expenditure Reviews, Public Expenditure Tracking Survey reports among others.
This is one of the key institutions that deals with the provision of complementary data in production of M&E Reports. The Statistics Act 2006 specifically mandates KNBS to: Act as the principal agency of the Government for collecting, analyzing and disseminating statistical data in Kenya; Acts as a custodian of official statistics; Conducts the Population and Housing Census every ten years, and such other censuses and surveys as the Board may determine; Maintain a comprehensive and reliable National socio-economic database; Establish standards and promote the use of best practices and methods in the production and dissemination of statistical information across the National Statistical System; and Plan, authorize, coordinate and supervise all official statistical programmes undertaken within the National Statistical System. These surveys and subsequent reports are some of the main documents used in preparation of Annual Progress Reports and Public Expenditure Reviews.
The unit is a Resource Centre of Government Information based in the Presidency. Its primary function is to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programmes, monitor, evaluate and report on the President’s key development priorities. Information on Government Priority Projects is obtained from this office.
Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) is charged with the mandate of spearheading the implementation of the Vision 2030 as the Country’s Blueprint and Strategy towards making Kenya a newly industrializing middle-income Country. The Secretariat provides strategic leadership and direction in the realization of the Vision 2030 goals, and closely collaborates with line Ministries in developing the five-year Medium-Term Plans for the realization of the Vision. The Secretariat is an important partner especially in providing information on implementation of flagship projects.
The Office of the Controller of Budget produces critical reports for production of M&E reports which include quarterly, annual and special reports on budget implementation matters of the National and County Governments as provided by law according to (Article 228 (6)).
The functions of this department include: coordination of the preparation and presentation to Parliament of MTEF and Annual Estimates of expenditure; development of broad priorities for allocation of public expenditure and implementing Ministerial Ceiling System; enforcing proper management control, monitoring and evaluation for efficient utilization of budgetary resource to realize value for money; setting up systems for the budget process e.g. GFS classification MTEF Budget and ensuring that allocation of resources is consistent with Government policy priorities. Consequently, reports from this office are very important especially in the preparation of Public Expenditure Reviews.
Go to: Budget Office, The National Treasury and Planning website
The Office of the Auditor General provides Audits Reports on public accounts of the National and County Governments; the accounts of all funds and authorities of the National and County Governments; the accounts of all Courts; the accounts of every Commission and Independent Offices established by the Constitution; the accounts of the National Assembly, the Senate and the County Assemblies; the accounts of political parties funded from public funds; the public debt; and the accounts of any other entity that legislation requires the Auditor-General to audit. The Auditor-General may audit and report on the accounts of any entity that is funded from public funds. It is thus an important office in provision of financial reports in the preparation of Public Expenditure report.
This is a unit in the State Department for Planning charged with the responsibility of mainstreaming and coordinating the implementation of SDGs in the Country. The unit is important in providing information on implementation of the Agenda 2030 in the Country. This information is used to establish the performance of the Country in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals as well as in benchmarking with other States.
This is an important partner in ensuring that the Monitoring, Evaluation and Statistics functions within the Public Service are adequately staffed in line with this Policy.
The Summit is an organ established under Section. 7 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012, as a stakeholder that consumes the M&E reports. The summit comprises of the President or in the absence of the President, the Deputy President, who is the chairperson; and the Governors of the Forty-Seven Counties. The functions of the Summit is among other things, provide a forum for: Consultation and cooperation between the National and County Governments; Evaluating the performance of National or County Governments and recommending appropriate action; Receiving progress reports and providing advice as appropriate; Monitoring the implementation of National and County Development Plans and recommending appropriate action; and Coordinating and harmonizing the development of County and National Governments Policies.
The Council of Governors is a key partner as it serves as the link between the National Integrated M&E System (NIMES) and County Integrated M&E System (CIMES) and also as a consumer of M&E reports. The functions of the Council are among other things are; Provide a forum for: a) Consultation amongst County Governments; b) Sharing of information on the performance of the Counties in the execution of their functions with the objective of learning and promotion of best practice and where necessary, initiating preventive or corrective action; c) Considering matters of common interest to County Governments; d) Dispute resolution between Counties within the framework provided under this Act; e) Facilitating capacity building for governors; f) Receiving reports and monitoring the implementation of inter-county agreements on inter-county projects; g) Consideration of matters referred to the Council by a member of the public; h) Consideration of reports from other intergovernmental forums on matters affecting National and County interests or relating to the performance of Counties; and, i) Performing any other function as may be conferred on it by any legislation or that it may consider necessary or appropriate.
Development partners who include Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector Organizations, Foundations, Faith Based and Community based organizations. These organizations not only undertake M&E but also advocate for the use of M&E and mobilize resources for M&E activities in the Country. These actors also support the Government (materially, financially) and in terms of human resources (skills transfer) for project/programme implementation and M&E activities.
The Academia is important in development and strengthening of M&E capacities in the country. Over the years, inadequate M&E capacity has been a challenge in the Country. To address this, the MED in partnership with various universities developed M&E curriculums for certificate, postgraduate diploma and Masters Degree Courses. In addition, MED jointly with Kenya School of Government (KSG), developed County Result Based M&E manuals to train County Officers on both basic M&E and setting up M&E systems at the devolved structures. Universities and Research Institutions are also important in the provision of expertise especially in undertaking of evaluations.
The Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) is the National Network of Professionals and Organizations involved in M&E. The association through its members supports promotion of M&E, development of M&E systems and capacities in the Country. In addition, it will provide an important forum for learning and information sharing.
Twende Mbele is a programme initiative whose desire is to move beyond a network of people just sharing experience, toward a partnership where countries collaborate on developing and implementing M&E systems that improve government performance and impact on citizens. The programme currently involves six core country partners (Benin, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Niger and Kenya) with two regional evaluation capacity development partners (CLEAR Anglophone Africa and IDEV at the African Development Bank).
The International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) was inaugurated in September 2002 to meet the need for a global professional association for internationally active development evaluators. Over the years, much has changed in the global evaluation community. Many new national and regional associations and networks have been created and play a progressively stronger role. Global partnerships and communities of practice have been formed, allowing joint efforts between both evaluation professional associations and organizations. The changing agenda from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly changing landscape of financing for development pose major challenges. Within this renovated context, IDEAS positions itself as the only global professional evaluation association which focuses on international sustainable development. Over the years it remains the only home for evaluators working globally and on global issues, with a global perspective. It is deeply involved in strengthening and promoting the profession, fostering capacity development, and improving and advancing evaluation theories and practice, methods and use of evidence.
Monitoring and Evaluation Professionals Association of Kenya (MEPAK) was started informally in January 2016 by concerned professionals having noticed that most African countries including Kenya did not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that ended in 2015. Further analysis demonstrated that countries that had achieved some of the MDGs had effectively used data to galvanize their development efforts, implement their targeted interventions and track performance. With the global agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, this epistemic community recognizes that the SDG agenda is even more complex. The SDGs do not only include continuation of MDGs but integration of other goals including sustainability and social inclusion. The governments, programmes and projects therefore have a more complex set of turbulences and business cannot be done as usual and expect different results. The MEPAK professionals have aggressively advocated for use of evidence for decisions and policymaking, mentored organizations and institution on ways to enhance their M&E systems and participated in events, forums and documentations to share findings and best practices nationally, regionally and internationally.
MEPAK understands that like the SDGs, its goals will be achieved through a multi stakeholder’s process. The professional body engages across the public and private sector, civil society, community-based organizations, and individuals in their own motivation, Scientists, academia, researchers, think tanks, and foundations among others. MEPAK was officially registered in 2018 by the office of the Attorney General, Department of the registrar, and vetted by the NIS as stipulated in the Societies ACT (CAP. 108) laws of Kenya.
CLEAR is a global M&E capacity development program that brings together academic institutions and donor partners to contribute to the use of evidence in decision making in developing countries. CLEAR strengthens M&E capacities at the local and regional levels. Its network design, with multiple centers, offers an opportunity for “the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts.”
CLEAR has set up centers in Brazil, East Asia (China), South Asia (India), Latin America and Caribbean (Mexico), Francophone Africa (Senegal), and Anglophone Africa (South Africa). The Centers are housed in academic institutions and have the mandate to deliver and to help replicate effective M&E capacity development services. The centers offer a menu of services to strategic partners and clients in their regions, including government, civil society, the private sector, and other M&E capacity building providers. The services include technical assistance to build client M&E systems, knowledge and research services, and training courses. The Centers work at all three levels of capacity building for M&E – enabling environment, organizational, and individual.
CLEAR’s Global Hub, housed within the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), anchors the overall program. The Global Hub provides funding, strategic, and other direct support to the regional Centers, to support their performance. It also promotes the cross-center learning and learning for the wider M&E community.
The African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) is a non-profit umbrella for African Voluntary Organizations for Professional Development (VOPEs). It serves as a leading source of evaluation knowledge for individual evaluators in countries where national evaluation associations do not exist. The mission of AfrEA is to promote robust evaluation practice through its members in order to guide its resources and activities over the next five to six years, AfrEA has identified three overall Strategic Goals and, beneath these, nine core activity areas upon which to focus their efforts.
AGDEN was established in 2002 as a bilingual special interest group of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) by UNIFEM (now UN Women) and the African Evaluators Association, with the aim of providing expert evaluators who could bring strong gender and human rights approach to evaluations in Africa. On 27th August 2008, it was registered in Kenya as a company limited by guarantee, and since then has had a secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. AGDEN has evolved from a core group of 14 members in 2002 to a network of 167 members from at least 18 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Membership is open to practitioners and leaders in gender and/or human rights and monitoring and development evaluation in Africa. AGDEN was registered in Kenya in 2008 as a not for profit organisation with no share capital. The AGDEN Secretariat is currently hosted by the Department of Sociology University of Nairobi. An 8-member Board of Management (BoM) sets policy and directions while activities are undertaken by members and consultants. The Board of Management (BoM) is headed by a Chair person. Other members represent North, South, West, and East Africa.
EVALSDGs is a network formed to add value and learning to SDGs as well as support processes to integrate evaluation into national and global SDGs review systems. The network is made up of skilled policy makers, institutions and practitioners with a shared interest in evaluation and sustainable development. From 2000-2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused global efforts and spurred progress towards achievement of human development goals around the world. The SDGs have a strong emphasis on each national government defining and measuring their own objectives and targets. Evaluation practice provides a means to raise the voice of stakeholders and local people in SDG initiatives. It helps to measure and demonstrate achievement and challenges, ultimately contributing to improved accountability and decision-making, stronger leadership, as well as learning and innovation.