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This book shares the ‘real-life’ experiences of 20 Planning, monitoring, and evaluation (PME) trainers and facilitators from Africa, Asia, and Europe and offers some suggestions for effective support to PME processes. It focuses on civil society organizations, including NGOs, church-linked development offices, networks, and people’s organizations. A rich selection of examples, success stories, challenges, and practical tips are offered. The authors advocate careful and sensitive PME facilitation.

PME: Watching Words and Meanings
PME: Watching words and meanings

Clarity of concepts and words is essential when facilitating PME processes. Our story from Cambodia (see Box 2.1) illustrates how confusion can arise when practitioners from different cultural and language backgrounds meet and work. With ‘PME speak’, even resorting to a dictionary may be of little help. In this chapter, we share experiences and tips on a good start, clarifying terms and rising above the war of words.

Development Speak versus Real Language

While some development workers are very particular about terminology, others understand terms as used in day-to-day life. The gap widens as development jargon spreads: ‘reviews’ become ‘revisits’, but then is ‘revisiting a concept’ different from ‘viewing it again’? Perhaps, but is it worthwhile to look ...

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