Social Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation






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A young woman looks out from the window of her home in the village of Ambidedi Poste, in Kayes Region.

Key results are achieved in Monitoring and Evaluation in Mali via UNICEF’s role as a leader in the field and through strong partnerships.

Since 2008, at least seven upstream studies & evaluations were completed, with wide dissemination, which contributed to influence the strategic position of UNICEF as a key leader in this new area of policy & advocacy for pro-poor measures and equity. The provision of statistical evidence about the knowledge and respect of children’s and women’s rights at national and regional level was a key contribution by UNICEF Mali to push advocacy in favour of the development of a national child protection policy and engaging municipalities in supporting child rights issues.
The existence of the UN inter-agency Monitoring and Evaluation working group, with an annual work plan lead by UNICEF, is a good example of inter-agency harmonization and partnership to strengthen results. In 2009, the first joint annual review of UNDAF replaced the annual review of each CPAP. UNICEF did not complete an annual review, however UNICEF did provide strong technical leadership on the design and results-based report through applying the standard of quality assurance of evaluation (the formative evaluation).

The ownership and national leadership of the DevInfo database linked to the PSRP evaluation framework is a good practice for the sustainability and building partnership for DevInfo in Mali. The Ministry of Economy and Finance is leading all bilateral and multilateral advocacies in favour of a shared DevInfo database in Mali. Additionally, the PSRP Coordination unit and the NIS invite donors to contribute to one shared DevInfo database.

A strong partnership was established around DevInfo in Mali through the signature in 2008 of a MOU involving the Government, the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF for scaling up of the utilization of the national socio-economic database using DevInfo technology for the monitoring of PSRP and MDG in Mali.

A national web site of statistics is well functioning and regularly updated to facilitate key knowledge management. A website for the National DevInfo database was established ( and is linked to the INSTAT website. There is a regular publication of sectoral statistics for education and health. The Ministry of Women, Children and Family publishes a yearly national bulletin of statistics on children and women, officially launched by the Government for upstream advocacy on children issues. 

Based on UNICEF’s advocacy a national symposium on evaluation for good governance of public policy has been adopted by Government to take effect in February 2011.
The capacity of RBM for planning and management is reinforced in Mali. Good practices in results-based strategic planning and financing is established in Mali for a sectoral approach. UNICEF provides a harmonized manual of RBM and trained trainers that are replicating trainings in all sector for improvement of institutional governance.

Important changes to improve social protection are already being implemented:

• Update of the National Social Protection Action Plan to protect the most venerable, particularly children;
• Implementation of a fiscal stimulus to finance social protection;
• Promotion of productive sectors and employment;
• Maintenance of social promotion expenditures.

Our primary partners in achieving these impacts:
• Coordination Unit of PSRP, INSTAT, 11 Direction of Planning and Statistics, National and international institutes of research,
• UN agencies, World Bank, USAID, Sweden cooperation, Spanish cooperation, European Union, Luxembourg, ILO are the key partners of the component.



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