Monitoring and Evaluation
The country programme is providing needed information for decision-making, accountability and strategic planning as well as improving equity-based, innovative policies and strategies in a changing child rights landscape.
Mali is a challenging low-income country, with a high demographic rate, high level of poverty and inequitable access to basic services. There is a high risk of non-achievement of MDG and lack of respect for child rights due to cultural and financial barriers. The development of innovative strategies and investments is a priority action for the continued improvement of knowledge and advocacy on the situation of children and women.
The country-led monitoring and evaluation is based on primary public policy and the second economic growth and poverty reduction strategy for the period 2007-2011, adopted by Government and all donors. Monitoring and Evaluation in Mali is institutionalized by the Law of Parliament based on the PRSP and intend to ensure the regular measurement of the effectiveness of expected results and sectoral policies showing the challenges, strengths and weakness for decision making and national budgeting process. Government, donors and civil society, has adopted a consensual evaluation framework of the PSRP. It contains 60 select multi-sectoral strategic indicators for impact and outcomes, disaggregated by gender. The timeframe of main evaluations and review to be completed is to be formally established by the Government. The Ministry of Economy and Finances is leading on the implementation of the M&E Framework in close coordination with other Ministries that are responsible for data collection and publication of their sectoral indicators.
Demand of evaluations and studies has increased due to the promotion of Results Based Planning and Management in Mali, but also the supply-side remains weak in terms of the professionalization of evaluation practices.
The third main framework of the M&E system in Mali is the existence of the National Strategy of Statistics called (Director Scheme of Statistics) for the period of 2006-2012, adopted by law by the National Assembly. It contains the main objectives and strategic expected results, operational outcomes and outputs that will strengthened the whole multi sectoral statistical information system in Mali. Eleven Direction of Planning and Statistics posts were created in sectoral Ministries with eight decentralized Directors of Statistics established in eight regions.
The remaining challenges of the M&E system in Mali are: