Building a Reliable M&E System

As a jointly implemented programme between the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ASEAN German Energy Programme (AGEP) is mandated to involve Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in the project implementation process to ensure the quality of the project.

In fulfilling the M&E responsibility, a customised M&E tool called “Planning Monitoring Reporting (PMR)” using Result-Based Monitoring (RBM) approach was designed, aiming at ascertaining the efficient evaluation process of AGEP’s project activities. The tool will help the team monitor any process changes in the implementation referring to initial project output and indicators. It will also help the team as a basis for any evaluation purposes and an essential consideration for a shift in strategy regarding the risk problem.

To equip the AGEP team members with better knowledge of RBM, 20 hours of online Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation training by the GIZ Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) was conducted on 24-25 November and 2-4 December 2020. The training provided a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of international cooperation and RBM process steps to be implemented systematically. “The training was very eye-opening. As a practitioner of international cooperation, I find it is very interesting that people sometimes forgot about the result, only focusing on the process. I am optimistic that the RbM knowledge will be very useful for all AGEP team members when implementing/supervising activities”, said Junianto M.

Later in the first quarter of 2021, AGEP will also assist ACE in monitoring and evaluating training. The training will be tailor-made based on ACE needs to assist them in fulfilling their role as the regional centre for sustainable energy. The planned training will also equip ACE personnel to ensure the successful deployment of many strategic initiatives. The ACE team members are expected to have greater skills in analysing results frameworks, defining indicators quality criteria, processing data collection, and identifying assumptions and risks of project activities. (HM)