Where We Work
No. of priority countries where GEI has established partnerships with government institutions and other partners
No. of countries where GEI has conducted MESA diagnostics in partnership with local stakeholders
*Includes diagnostics that pre-date the MESA tool
No. of countries where GEI has provided institution-specific trainings
No. of countries that hosted gLocal events in 2021
GEI Priority Countries
GEI works closely with developing country governments that seek to improve or strengthen monitoring, evaluation and the use of evidence in their countries. Applying our integrated systems-based approach, we provide diagnostic, technical, training, professional development, knowledge curation/dissemination and other advisory support services to help governments at every step on this journey.
Examples of country work
CLEAR LAB began working with the Government of Mozambique’s National Directorate of Monitoring and Evaluation, within the Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with UNICEF in 2019. Since the beginning of the partnership, CLEAR LAB and UNICEF have, among others, conducted a MESA, supported the preparation of an evaluation capacity development plan, delivered tailored training courses, supported the creation of an Evaluation Committee formed by government representatives, and provided technical inputs to help the government develop additional tools, such as a national evaluation plan. Currently, CLEAR LAB is mentoring the Government as it undertakes a pilot rapid evaluation of the National Water Policy.
Minas Gerais (Brazil)
The State of Minas Gerais and the João Pinheiro Foundation (FJP) – a public agency that conducts studies to provide evidence for public policymaking - began collaborating with CLEAR LAB in 2019. At the time, the State’s main M&E activities related to monitoring the State’s strategy and its programs and projects. CLEAR LAB supported the conception of the State’s M&E system, the publishing of the State’s first yearly M&E Plan, and the development of evaluation guides on logical frameworks and impact evaluations. In 2022, the State published an annual evaluation plan, including nine evaluations to be conducted during the year.
The GEI is supporting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Member States, and Regional Institutions to strengthen CARICOM’s M&E systems at regional, national, and institutional levels. In Jamaica, one of the pilot countries, a diagnostic was undertaken. A network of M&E focal points from 18 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and an RBM Steering Committee comprised of key stakeholders was created to champion monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL). The GEI held two online workshops followed by a five-day series of face-to-face workshops in October 2022 with the Steering Committee, the network of focal points, and Permanent Secretaries of all key ministries to co-produce a roadmap to develop Jamaica’s MEAL system further. Similar work is advancing with Dominica and Saint Lucia, where diagnostics have been completed and the next steps are being taken. Additionally, the GEI is supporting M&E and RBM strengthening in CARICOM regional institutions, working directly with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and through a shadow team in the Secretariat, with the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF) and the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).
GEI Network partners, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), are working with the GEI Global team under a single workplan, providing support to the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia to help strengthen M&E capacities and the use of evidence. This work has included the facilitation of an international peer review of a national policy document on enhancing evaluation use in Colombia by the GEI Global Team and training from 3ie on cutting-edge M&E topics, including impact evaluation, the use of big data, and quality assurance in M&E. Other activities have included: developing a synthesis document of past DNP evaluations; conducting a diagnostics exercise of the national evaluation system; and co-organizing learning events for the Colombian Evaluation Week (organized by the DNP).
With support from UNDP, UNICEF and in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Madagascar and MASSE (a national VOPE), CLEAR FA supported the drafting of a National Evaluation Policy, trained 70 focal points through two 5-day training workshops, helped partners develop an M&E advocacy plan, supported two webinars and the participation of country representatives in international conferences to share Madagascar’s experience and learn from others. In 2021, Madagascar completed its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report drawing on evidence from evaluation reports, and in 2022 Parliament launched its first evaluation of a public policy.
IPDET held a training series for parliamentarians and parliament staff from the Asia Pacific Region in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association, and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation. 15 parliamentarians, 46 parliament staff and 2 government officials from 15 countries successfully completed the program.
At the initiative of the Ministry of Planning and Development, the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire adopted a law on public policy evaluation on 29 June 2022. This followed work done by CLEAR FA, which trained staff at the Ministry and organized, in partnership with the Ministry, 3ie/WACIE and UNICEF, a conference on impact evaluation in Francophone Africa in November 2021.
In recent years, Gabon has been working to strengthen its national M&E systems, and in 2021 requested CLEAR FA’s support to develop a national evaluation policy. In collaboration with UNICEF and UNDP, CLEAR FA supported the Ministry for the Promotion of Good Governance and the Fight Against Corruption in identifying and training a core group of M&E focal points. CLEAR FA also organized experience-sharing activities between Benin, Gabon and Madagascar to help the stakeholders in Gabon reflect on lessons from other countries as they develop their own national evaluation system. In 2022, CLEAR FA supported the establishment of a National Commission, which includes representatives from government, parliament, and civil society, to lead the development of the national evaluation policy and guide the implementation of a MESA and a capacity development plan.
The Ministry of Development Planning’s (MDP) Monitoring and Evaluation Department and CLEAR AA collaborated to conduct a MESA in late 2020. In 2021, with support from the Lesotho UNICEF country office, CLEAR-AA conducted training on Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBM&E) for two cohorts of government officials. Furthermore, in 2021, CLEAR-AA co-created a draft National M&E Policy as well as National Evaluation Guidelines designed to standardize how evaluations are undertaken across government sectors.