On Tuesday, the Government, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, in conjunction with the One UN-Family in Rwanda, launched a joint monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process, aimed at strengthening systems in the country.
With development projects, worth billions, already in progress, there must be effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure that these projects leave positive results.
Equipped with the required skills, officials will be able to monitor and to assess these programmes efficiently. For projects to succeed, performance contracts must be signed between the Government and project managers and coordinators.
These home-grown contracts must be based on what the projects intend to achieve, when and how.
Experience has shown that performance contracts are vital, and have paid off since they set clear vision and guidelines to follow.
These contracts should be based on benchmarks that will ensure the success of the projects.
Rwanda’s economy has reached a point where its full potential needs to be tapped, and this can be achieved through constant monitoring, evaluation and accountability.
The move by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the One UN-Family, is also happening at a time when the entire economy is seeing positive growth prospects.
What Rwandans now need is continuity to build on the achievements reached in the past sixteen years.