Protection Alliance (CPA) with funding from Save the Children International
(SCI) has commenced a four day capacity building training on monitoring,
evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) at a local hotel in Kololi.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, CPA national coordinator Njundu Drammeh said the gathering among other things aim to develop the knowledge, understanding and practical skills of participants on monitoring and evaluation by introducing them to the SCI main MEAL concepts and practices.
He said the training is a critical component since it will enable members to monitor and evaluate their progress. He said it would also enable them to know the impact of their intervention in the lives of children and the communities they work with and in the lives of their beneficiaries. “Knowing these will help them to gauge their progress and achievement and to learn from areas which they can improve in,” he added.
George Nyouki, CPA MEAL officer said monitoring is a basic daily activity undertaken by CPA, which requires practical skills and experience, resources and management support.
“As an organization that is highly reliant on donor funding, it is important that we produce reliable data for the purpose of reporting outputs and outcomes of our work,” he said.
He reminded participants that the value of monitoring goes far beyond just recording activities to complete reports, adding that if they manage their processes and information well, then the crucial part of their project cycles will allow them to develop a culture of continuous improvement. “This means that we use data and observation to drive decision making and planning that we are responsive to the views of the children and communities that we work with. It also means that we learn lessons from our work in form of further programme development,” he explained.
Lamin K. Saidy, CPA youth coordinator and advocacy focal person said their primary role is to protect the lives of children. “We work with government in terms of their policies in the laws related to children and advocate for child friendly laws as well as advocate for the government policies to match with international standard.”
He said they do their work through the use of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of children. “In order to be a strong and vibrant civil organization, we need to build the capacities of our member organizations since they are the ones directly working with children.”