By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Deputy Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), William Kwasi Sabi has disclosed that his Ministry was working on a document which will usher in a whole new way of project implementation in the country to serve the interest of the larger public.
Hon. Sabi among other things mentioned that the document, National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy which is currently at the draft stage, would help in improving decision making, efficiency and effectiveness in project implementation across the country.
According to the Deputy Minister, the new policy would be drafted in a way to address concerns of transparency and public accountability that people raise when it comes to execution of government projects.
“It’s not like you alone keeping the resources to yourself and knowing what to do, somebody else is also following up to see what you’re doing. So, things become open.”
“By the policy, you’re compelled to provide information to a designated officer on what you’re doing and therefore, you can’t hide anything from other people,” he added.
Mr. Sabi said this in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of a 3-day workshop at Sogakope, South Tongu in the Volta Region to review a draft document on National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy.
The workshop was open to those who took part in the initial drafting of the document as well as technocrats from the civil service, academia among others to deliberate on how best to firm the draft document.
Mr. Sabi hinted that subsequent to the review at Sogakope, the country would be zoned into three: northern, middle and southern zones for validation workshops to allow for thorough study and further inputs into the draft and make more people feel part of the development process of the document.
He stressed that the new policy would serve as the standard for M&E in the country to end the era when something as crucial as M&E which helps to improve on performance by achieving results through current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact, was left to different entities including development partners.
“We can’t leave a whole national monitoring and evaluation to some kind of bit and pieces at different points. We want to have a national policy on monitoring and evaluation for whoever is coming up with monitoring and evaluation in the country to have some policy to follow.”