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The Need to Go Beyond Monitoring and Evaluation

While there are limited incentives to bridge silos among HDP-N partners and high risk in the region, the risk of inaction in the Sahel will only continue to worsen the region’s development

Recent reviews of lessons learned all point to the need for a shared management and learning architecture that goes beyond the internally focused M&E frameworks in play. Whereas M&E is traditionally focused on internal learning and accountability within a given project/initiative ecosystem, Adaptive Management and Learning focused on supporting external communication and coordination. It is focused on collecting and analysing information to incentivise continuous learning and collective decision-making among the broader community of practice in contexts that are in constant transition such as the Sahel operating environment.

This is achieved through collecting and sharing information generated from the broader community of practice in support of collective learning and action beyond the limited scope of a project ecosystem. Adaptive Management and Learning is not about changing collective goals during implementation. Rather, it is about changing the paths employed to achieve the collective gaps in response to changes in a given operating context. Adaptive Management and Learning focuses on ways to systematically capture and share emerging best practices by policy, program, and research engaged in the humanitarian, development, peace-nexus (HDP-N) with a view of strengthening inter-agency collaboration to tackle collective priorities such as tackling root causes and responding to their effects in the HDP-N.

The adaptive management approach - presents opportunities to improve development programming in the Sahel. Overall, this approach allows partners and authorities to rapidly grasp the evolving situation in a precisely defined geographical setting, and to deepen the knowledge on populations, contexts, and potential conflicts. Adaptive practices allow for the maximisation of programming efficiency, allowing for transformational change in the Sahel to happen.

Strengthening agency and data-centric approaches – Adaptive Management and Learning approaches revolve around a continuous reassessment through learning loops, a centralised and consistent data and knowledge management is required paired with constant touch points among collaborating implementing partners.

The shared data system would allow partners to easily identify evidence-based best practices and incorporate them into the learning process and would support a common engagement of stakeholders on different levels and through different sectors. By promoting such multi-actor programming, the adaptive management approach subscribes to the Delivering as One principle and promotes finance modalities that bridge and go beyond the HDP nexus, together with developing ownership on a national, regional, and local level by involving interested authorities and communities.

Date - 12 May - 2023

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