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.
Chapter 6: The Broader Context: PME Challenges and Responses
The Broader Context: PME Challenges and Responses
Development organisations do not operate in isolation: they are subject to many external forces. While they may influence some of these, they have little influence over many others. This chapter looks at the importance of this wider context for organisations developing and using a PME system. We have found analysing this dynamic context challenging, which partly explains why it often receives little attention and why trends are often assumed rather than monitored. We describe working on contextual aspects that often matter, keeping in mind that every context is unique and constantly changing. These aspects include PME and the broad cultural context, with an emphasis on gender issues, relationships with other NGOs and ...