Nayeli [user:field_middlename] Almanza

Nayeli Almanza

M&E, Sustainable Landscapes Specialist Sr.
Rainforest Alliance

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Nayeli is a monitoring and evaluation professional based in Mexico City with more than 10 years of experience in project management of sustainable development programmes.

Currently, she is leading a project in Rainforest Alliance Mexico that provides technical assistance on landscape restoration practices and promotes market integration of mexican producers of coffee, cacao and timber products. She has previously worked with UN agencies such as FAO, UNDP and IOM on the implementation of adaptative evaluation initiatives to improve the analysis on the impact of development initiatives.

Nayeli holds a bachelor on biotechnology engineering and a posgraduate degree on environmental sciences.

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    • Hello Serge,

      In my organization, we are facing a challenge to integrate both aspects into our programmes' evaluations, because traditionally those areas were approached separatelly. We have found that we cannot separate the social impact from an internal or an external evaluation focused on the results of our interventions, including dimensions never considered before. For example, in the final stage of an Activity focused on producers strenghtening on better agricultural practices we are designing the terms of reference for an impact evaluation that will aim to include perspectives of the participation migrant work force in agricultural activities.

      In my experience, the main challenges we are facing are related to some lack of experience conveying the social aspects within the rural approaches we traditionally face. We are looking for internal peers assessment in the first stage and later will look for external assessment with experts from sister organizations.

      I think more reflection and work has to be done over the integration of both perspectives, but it is also a great oportunity area to collaborate with our peers.

      Thank you for the space and the post, best regards

      - Nayeli


    • Dear Malika and community,

      You have proposed a very interesting topic with an urgent need to obtain steady information as the pandemic evolves.

      As for the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations, we have developed and applied a methodology in Mexico and some countries in Central America based on telephonic interviews with key stakeholders in the field. This methodology is called Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and is widely used by IOM since 2004. 

      We have identified that by asessing communities representatives, shelter directors and actors from the local governments and social organizations, we can obtain general information about the impact COVID-19 over mobility and needs of the migrant population settled in the borders, as well as in movement across the country.

      Particularly, I was leading the development of these studies in Mexico. So far we have 3, but the latest one in english is available here:…

      There is some information that synthetizes the methodology approach that you can access here:…

      If you have further comments or questions, don't hesitate to contact me.


      Nayeli Almanza, MSc