New evaluation system for local development approved
Rwanda Local Development Support Fund (RLDSF) has met its main stakeholders in a two-day workshop to validate the new system of monitoring and evaluation of different development activities conducted by local entities towards poverty reduction.
The workshop brought together all executive secretaries of all districts and other stakeholders such as ministries of local governance, infrastructure, finance and planning, and agriculture as well as other funders and bodies involved in the country’s local development.
Cyrille Turatsinze, the permanent secretary at the ministry of local governance, explained that the new system was designed to make easier and more efficient the exercise of monitoring and evaluating development activities run at grass-root level entities.
This will involve a computer-based monitoring and evaluation system from data collection of a project, planning and follow up activities until the end of the project. According to Turatsinze, the new mechanism will help them to further boost their achievements.
RLDSF runs many projects related to poverty reduction and economic growth activities which needs a meticulous monitoring evaluation system. In poverty reduction, those projects include Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) and HIMO, in which poor families are given jobs through public works, which has lifted over a million of people out of poverty over the last five years.
The projects RLDSF is involved in range from feeder road construction, schools, electricity, agro-processing, SMEs, clean water, health facilities and other activities that are likely to stimulate rural development. So far the initiative has funded around 60,000 projects countrywide. Around Frw 73 billion is expected to be channeled through the fund in the next financial year.
RLDSF was created in 2010 to take over the initiatives of the then called Rwanda Common Development Fund (CDF) with as core mission to provide technical assistance to the districts and the monitoring and evaluation of local infrastructure and social protection projects.