Empowering Change: Strengthening M&E Through Training and Capacity Building

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About the Event

In order to enable M&E culture to strike deep roots in the policy sphere, a sustained and iterative effort has to be made to build the civil servants’ capacity for evidence-based decision making. At the same time, the development sector organizations and experts constitute an important set of stakeholders, who provide key skill sets to complete the M&E ecosystem.
This panel discussion involving senior civil servants, vested with the responsibility to train the policy-makers as well as key experts from the development sector will come together to take stock of the work done so far in institutionalising the M&E culture in Pakistan through training and capacity building.The discussion will then focus on future roadmap and milestones, which the M&E stakeholders should aim for. How can the current set of M&E training programs incorporate the iterative and learning component? How can the training & capacity building activities create the crucial link between knowledge and practice. These will be some of the key questions, which the panelists will focus on and help find answers for.


Name Title Biography
Zulfiqar Younas Additional Finance Secretary at Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan Rich experience of public policy focusing on trade, public taxation, public finance & human resource management with a demonstrated history of working in the public sector with diverse responsibilities. Skilled in negotiations, public sector management, tax collection, conflict management & public sector capacity building. Analytical Skills, International trade management, and Entrepreneurship. Strong professional with a M.Sc focused in Business & IT from Aston University.
Sarah Saeed Special Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Sarah Saeed is a BS-21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (23rd Common Training Programme). She holds an MSc in Economics from University of Oxford and an MA from University of the Punjab. During her career, she has held diverse portfolios including Commercial Secretary (The Hague), Director Policy (National Vocational and Technical Training Council), Additional Registrar (Supreme Court of Pakistan), Director General (Benazir Income Support Programme), Director (Civil Services Academy) and Secretary (Higher Education, Punjab). She has also worked for UK’s Department for International Development as Skills Strategy Advisor and is a trainer for Harvard University’s Course for public policymakers – “Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE)”. She has been a speaker/trainer at various public and private training and educational institutions. Her special interests include skills, poverty alleviation, development policy and practice and international trade


Name Title Biography
Adil Saeed Associate Director, Research Support and Government Relations, CERP Adil Saeed is the Associate Director, Research Management at Research Development, CERP. Starting career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Communications, Adil found interest in business administration and worked in the private sector (marketing, business development and operation) for a few years, before joining CERP in 2018. At CERP, Adil’s role is to help research teams run their operations smoothly – both with the CERP core teams & departments and in the field, through a continuous improvement of systems. Adil is passionate about understanding Economics, Business and Public Policy to find ways to improve the quality of life in the developing world.

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