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The Bank Information Center is working on developing a manual on clear guidelines for monitoring and reporting on development projects.
Helping communities monitor, report on and seek accountability for World Bank Group projects is not new to BIC. For over two decades this has been a cornerstone of BIC’s work in the global South and our policy work is heavily steeped in the lessons that we have observed throughout these years working on the ground. In many of the cases BIC worked on with impacted communities, the policies or standards existed to some extent, but the weak implementation and failed due diligence led to community suffering.
Local monitoring mechanisms have the potential to ensure the effective implementation of different risk mitigation programs; in addition to strengthening the capacity of project-affected communities to effectively participate, monitor and report on, and advocate for timely project adjustments before things go wrong.
BIC now wants to capitalize on these experiences and lessons by systematizing and developing a methodology to set up a local monitoring system for effective project implementation.
BIC’s manual will answer the questions:
- What is monitoring and evaluation?
- How is the project cycle used as platform for monitoring and evaluation?
- What is the difference between monitoring and complaints?
- What does an enabling legal and policy framework for monitoring and evaluation look like in practice?
- How do you set up a monitoring and evaluation system?
- How do you “close the feedback loop” on monitoring by identifying and negotiating with the government and financial institutions who receive and process local monitoring reports?