Miriam [user:field_middlename] Cherogony

Miriam Cherogony

Independent consultant
Development Outcomes Ltd
Kenya

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I am an independent consultant with 20 years experience as a development finance, financial inclusion and knowledge management expert. I have provided technical assistance to projects/programme teams and leadership to evaluation and mid-term review teams.

    • Interesting discussion on M&E and learning. One country that has an integrated M&E system that is linked to the national M&E is Madagascar. IFAD set up a systems called SEGs which aimed to link M&E and knoweldge managment see https://www.slideshare.net/benoitthierry948/madagascarsegsifad-rome-2007

      One of the challenges that I have seen is that M&E is normally a bean counting exercise for most projects. There is no learning incorporated into the process. When I managed a knowledge management and learning grant, we tried to change the mindset of the projects from M&E to a learning oriented M&E. Most projects do not start with learning questions that guide implementation and so they are always fumbling through their project. As a result they are unable to show results. The idea was to incorporate qualitative aspects into the quantitative process.   

      I really like the car dashboard discussion - I will borrow it to use somewhere.....thanks for sharing.

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      Miriam Cherogony

      Independent Consultant

      Development Finance, Financial Inclusion, and Knowledge Management Expert

       

    • I was involved in providing the KM support for IFAD supported project/programmes in East and Southern Africa for over 11 years. I have been involved in many designs, implementation support and evaluations. In my view IFAD started managing knowledge only after they took over from UNOPS and started to provide direct implementation support to the projects and programmes. The linking of project activities to the COSOP and focus on impact is very recent, maybe 2012 in East and Southern Africa. Each country had a  target of beneficiaries to be gotten out of poverty.

      The push made the county offices to think through each project and how they would contribute to the target and tried to link this target to the country policy impact. It was extremely challenging. The issues around aggregation and attribution were key as projects were overlapping in their areas of operations. Support was provided to projects to build an online M&E platform to assist in data collection, consultants were recruited to support knowledge generation and stories from the field and systematic learning grants were provided to support learning. 

      Some of the projects like Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Project in Kenya, some in Market access, Mozambique and Rural Finance Programme, Zambia, Vegetable Oil Dev Programme, Uganda did well and some were struggling on M&E and linking to impact.

      The older designs we looked at lessons from past projects but the recent designs project has incorporated KM and learning as a component. This has made learning become a prominent activity in projects. We developed a framework for learning which incorporated KM in terms of information management, learning oriented M&E, internal and external communication and innovation and experimentation and all linked for learning and adaptation. 

      Just my five cents....