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MCCU facilitates training on Monitoring & Evaluation… For Threshold Program implementing entities

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) has facilitated a training session on result-based monitoring and evaluation for implementing entities under the Threshold Program, which is being funded by the millennium challenge corporation (MCC), as well as MCC Scorecard data producers.

The two weeks long training at The Place Resort, Tokeh Village in the Western Area Rural District brought together participants from the electricity distribution and supply authority, Guma Valley Water Company, electricity generation and transmission company, anti-corruption commission, ministries of energy, land and country planning, health and sanitation and water resources.

According to the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at MCCU, Thekeka Moses Conteh, the training was an accomplishment of a major component of three phases of a capacity building process implemented for the threshold program implementing entities and Scorecard data producers.

He disclosed that the remaining two components of the capacity building process will be to provide mentoring and coaching opportunities for participants for a period of three months, starting January 2021.

“We are happy for the strong collaboration we have received from you all during these two weeks of intense learning, experiencing sharing and knowledge transfer. Also, MCCU is particularly happy for the strong collaboration with NaMED and we are now assured that continuity of our efforts in building the capacity of monitoring an evaluation practitioners,” he said.

Mr. Conteh expressed fervent hope that participants will have the opportunity of applying the knowledge and skills acquired from the training in their routine activities.

Representing the Ministry of Energy, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Shebora Onikeh Kamara said: “For the fact that it has been a long journey, starting with the online session, we want to thank the MCCU for making this training possible. As a ministry, we had several issues to contend with but with the intervention, we have seen the impact. The coming of the threshold program has helped us to bring onboard the planning unit in our activities.”

He thanked the current Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay for providing the much needed leadership, while describing the energy sector as one of the most complex sectors.

Also speaking, Head of Policy, Research and Planning in the Ministry of Water Resources, Francis M. Jabati thanked the MCCU for organizing the training and noted their pivotal role in ensuring that implementing entities of the threshold program delivered on their respective mandates.

“We want to commend the efforts of the MCCU in the past two years in making sure that implementing entities delivered on their planned activities. As a ministry, we provide policy oversight over our supervisory agencies like the Guma Valley Water Company,” he said.

The consultant, Gilles Clotteau from Innovate Leadership Performance (ILO-COP), commended participants for the commitment and energy shown during the week long training and urged them to put into practice what they have acquired.

He thanked the MCCU for the decision to select them as consultant and described the training as a huge success. He urged participants to focus on results.

Director-General/Chairman of the National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Office of the President, Dr. James Edwin said: “I urge you all to focus on results because that is what changes the lives of the people. At NaMED, we cannot do it alone but need the support of you in ministries, departments and agencies. Please translate the knowledge and skills gain here into outcomes. Let us continue to build partnerships and work towards changing lives.”

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