Consultative session organized to strengthen M&E system of Punjab
LAHORE: The Directorate General Monitoring & Evaluation, Planning and Development Punjab organized a consultative session for strengthening the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system of Punjab.
Punjab Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan chaired the consultative session while top echelons of the Planning and Development Department, national and international stakeholders including USAid, UN Women, UNICEF, IFPRI, SPDI, HRDN, Agha Khan Foundation and others attended the session.
While opening the session, Chairman Planning and Development Board Jahanzeb Khan strongly endorsed the need for strengthening Monitoring & Evaluation system for development projects. He also highlighted that monitoring of projects were of prime importance and even more important than evaluation and they must be focused on because existing internal and external monitoring system is not performing well. He further elaborated that evaluations of projects must be outsourced.
At the session, Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Secretary Planning and Development Department showed his positive concern on the reform of M&E structure. He appreciated the efforts of Director General M&E for strengthening and revitalizing the system for robust M&E that will certainly bring fruitful results in achieving development goals. He also emphasized to strengthen the internal monitoring of line departments and lower tiers of the Government. Restructuring and strengthening of M&E is also important for achieving SDG goals where the Government gauges its performances which is not possible without efficient and effective M&E, he added. Secretary P&D also suggested that DG M&E should build the capacity of the line departments based on their earned experience and expertise.
Earlier, Dr. Sajjad Mubin, Director General M&E, while presenting highlights of M&E system of Punjab, emphasized that without efficient M&E systems for development projects, it would be very difficult or fairly impossible to transform development funds into targeted results such as poverty alleviation, skill development, health improvement and economic uplift of the communities and the societies. He said that “we are spending less on M&E as compare to international practices which is in bracket of 3-7 percent of project cost”. Recent researches and analysis have shown that every single penny spent on M&E is well spent due to the benefits it yields to the general public while optimizing economic return over investment.
All the invited national/international stakeholders showed their active participation in the group activity conducted by the Directorate in joint efforts with UNICEF, Pakistan.
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