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International (English) Course on Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation – Managing for Impact (the Netherlands)

The (English) course recognises that "blue print planning" has become unworkable and often counterproductive. Instead, more flexible, adaptive and process orientated approaches are required. M&E needs to be learning focused, and directed towards supporting managers to cope in a complex and rapidly changing world. At the same time, high demands on accountability and transparency necessitate effective planning and M&E systems that also inform funding agencies, governing agencies and other stakeholders on the impact and progress of development projects and programmes and on other specific information requirements each stakeholder may have.

This course focuses on how to manage for impact by integrating strategic guidance, operational management, monitoring and evaluation in a learning environment, whilst navigating the external and internal context. Particular attention is given to designing and institutionalising participatory planning and M&E systems in development initiatives and organisations for continuous learning and enhancing performance. Attention also is paid to the relationship between management information needs and responsibilities and the planning and M&E functions.

Note: in the earlier years also regional trainings were facilitated in Kenya in collaboration with Egerton University and in Uganda in collaboration with Makerere University. This course is presented annually, since 2000.