Harnessing the power of monitoring and evaluation for equitable resilience

The working group on “Harnessing the Power of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Equitable Resilience” recognizes that often project design and M&E within development work are primarily driven by funder requirements. This limits the involvement and capacity of project beneficiaries, hindering their say in implementation and evaluation. The conventional approach to M&E, as currently practiced, falls short in contributing to long-term sustainability and equitable resilience, despite its substantial potential. This working group, consisting of six practitioner-researchers from across South Africa, provides a unique space for reflection and co-creation. By synthesizing “voices from practice,” the group aims to redefine how M&E practitioners can utilize their methods to actively contribute to building equity and resilience, emphasizing the importance of incorporating beneficiary perspectives and needs.

Working group members

Dr Karen Kotschy, Independent researcher and M&E consultant; Research Associate, Association for Water and Rural Development and Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University
Ms Ancois de Villiers, PhD candidate, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University and Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
Mr Paul Mvulane, PhD candidate, Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University
Ms Sue Soal, Independent facilitator, evaluator and organisational process consultant
Dr Glenda Raven, Independent consultant, Learning for Change
Dr Michelle Hiestermann, Senior Knowledge Coordinator, Water Research Commission

Working group outputs

Using monitoring and evaluation to build equity and resilience

Learn how the Southern African Resilience Academy’s Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group worked with a range of participants to distill themes and insight on building equitable resilience.