Strengthening Participation of Civil Society Organisations in National Evaluation Systems: Insights from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana

Recent diagnostic studies unpacked the current status of a National Evaluation System (NES) in five partner countries, in order to determine the most appropriate interventions for strengthening evaluation systems in targeted countries. This work highlighted the need for CSOs to be further included in government M&E systems to enhance Government performance and accountability. In trying to find appropriate areas for collaboration, the workshops in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana allowed participants to grapple with the extent to which CSOs contribute to their government M&E systems and where specific opportunities for strengthened engagement exist. This brief focuses on common challenges experienced by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana in their efforts to share and collaborate with government ministries and departments on monitoring and evaluation. A series of workshops in these countries provided insights into how sharing and learning between governments and CSOs can be strengthened to improve contributions to development objectives.