Social Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation






© UNICEF/MLIA2010/Asselin
Children pull water from a well in the village of Kabe, Kayes Region.

UNICEF Mali and partner UN agencies provided key strategic contribution to the M&E system in Mali through:

• Taking a leading role (UNICEF of the UN inter agencies groups) of monitoring and evaluation of UNDAF and data analysis for policy advocacy;

• Strengthening of national capacity of management and utilization of Devinfo for the M&E of the public policies, MDG and UNDAF in Mali; a total of17 Ministries, 8 Regions (total of  120 focal points and users) and 15 UN agencies have been made able to use the Devinfo data base containing 525 indicators for progress monitoring; the sub-sectoral data base are established for those ministries and the 8 regions and contributed to the national socio-economic data base;

• Introducing MICS in 2009 into the national strategy of statistics (the first time) and the establishment of a large partnership for the ongoing MICS involving UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, Sweden Cooperation, European Union for a total amount of USD 3.3 million;

• Strengthening of supply-side practices of Evaluation and RBM through support of the development of the formal national civil society of evaluation, named the Association of Promotion of Evaluation in Mali (APEM); UNICEF funded the participation of two members to the 2009 AfreA conference held in Cairo;

• UNICEF is also providing technical support for the realization of study of diagnostic of the capacities of evaluation in Mali and the preparation of a national symposium on evaluation to be done in August 2010; this intend to reinforce the culture of systematic evaluation and the development of a national policy of evaluation and a national plan of capacity building on Evaluation to be used for the institutionalization of a national policy of evaluation and the establishment of a strong partnership around the standardization of evaluation in Mali;

• UNICEF and UN agencies and bilateral donors contributed to the establishment of a national plan of capacity building and the harmonization of a manual of training on RBM/HRAB in Mali;

• UNICEF contributed to the funding of at least 100 trained stakeholders on practical application of RBM for development of planning document and monitoring at national, regional and local level targeting child priorities;

• UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the design and assurance of quality implementation and the finalization of studies and evaluations by independent individuals and institutional consultants. The results and findings were adopted together with the Government counterparts and civil society;     

• Knowledge sharing and management on the situation of children and women; The 20th Anniversary of the CRC was one key support that improved the evidence-based policy advocacy on child rights in Mali;

• UNICEF supports the production and publication of yearly statistics books of Education (closely with UNESCO) and Health (closely with USAID and WHO); the production and publication of an annual bulletin of statistics on children and women and, also, the production and publication of 8 regional annual statistics books;

• UNICEF plays a key “upstream” role to influence child-sensitive conclusions and recommendations by the annual review of PSRP and SWAPS. (For example, in the context of the global food crisis in 2009, key findings and recommendations from the child poverty study and the study on the impact of food crisis, completed with UNICEF, supported very strong contributions to the annual review of PSRP which influenced the establishment of pro-poor political measures to mitigate the social impact of the world crisis on vulnerability);

• UNICEF evaluates the impact of the ACSD strategy (Accelerate Child Survival and Development) completed in 2008 in partnership with John Hopkins University, and an experimental study on the benefit of community treatment of illness by community health workers. These contributed strongly to influence the national health policy to scale up the introduction of the community case management in Mali starting in 2011;

• UNICEF, jointly with the Government, funded the training of new four Demographers at the regional Institute of Demography in Cameroon in order to reinforce the capacity of analysis for MICS in Mali; 

• UNICEF provides key technical assistance to the development of the Health Compact, Education, Gender and Equity and Social Protection plans using the concept of one strategy, one results framework, one budget framework, one coordination and M&E Framework with a Human Rights-based approach to Result-Based Planning and Management.


UNICEF Mali has undertaken various studies between 2008 - 2010 in support of policy dialogue to define key policy priorities:

• Children Poverty and Inequality in Mali (2008);
• Revenues Transfers and Poverty Reduction in Mali (2008);
• Social Protection and Children in West and Central Africa: the case of Mali (2009);
• The impact of the food prices increase on Children Poverty and Policy responses in Mali (2009).



 Email this article

unite for children