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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.

Every Organisation is Unique
Every organisation is unique

Unsurprisingly, we have found that strengthening PME is more successful when customising our work to reflect the specificity of the partner organisation, including its external context. This chapter discusses four inter-linked organisational characteristics to keep in mind and shares our facilitation experiences. We review values and perspectives on change, organisational leadership, age and size, and type of organisation.

Values and Perspectives on Change

Given our ‘total organisation’ perspective on PME, the most important characteristic of a partner organisation lies in its core values and vision/mission, which inform its analysis of poverty and powerlessness, and define the role it wants to play in society. We have argued that PME should help to monitor and evaluate whether this vision/mission is effectively being ...

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