Following the presidential address on Thursday 2nd may, 2019, delivered by His Excellency the President Julius Maada Bio GCRSL President of the Republic and Commander in chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone Arm Forces, on the occasion of the state opening of the second section of the fifth Parliament in the Chamber of Parliament building, tower hill Freetown, gave birth to National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (NaMED). Page 7:36, the National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate was created in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development with the mandate to create an effective national institutional framework to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the medium term national development plan, and other government and donor funded projects.
The National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (NaMED) was established in 2018, to provide technical leadership and coordination for the overall national M&E agenda of Sierra Leone, within the newly re-created Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED). On the 11th of June 2020, the President transferred the National Monitoring and Evaluation Department (NaMED) to National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (NaMED) to operate from the office of the President with his Excellency providing direct oversight in order to obtain credible data and information required for the formulation and implementation of development plans that will enable Government and its development partners to track their implementation progress and ascertain the extent to which development goals and set targets have been met.
National M&E has the potential to inform intervention tracking, inform corrective actions, planning and resource allocation, increase accountability of service providers and authorities towards citizens, and inform regulation of services and service providers. Ultimately, national M&E can and should result in improvement to, and the sustainability of all government and donor service delivery.
To create an effective national institutional policy framework to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Medium-Term National Development Plan and other Government and donor funded projects. NaMED will Lead the monitoring and Evaluation of All Public Sector Programmes and projects including donor funded projects.
“A Sierra Leone where all public sector policies, programmes and projects at national and sub-national levels produce value for money and are subject to an independent, integrated, institutionalised and well-coordinated M&E system that ensures improved development results, accountability, transparency and learning.”
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
NaMED’s overall objective is to create an effective National Institutional framework to monitor and Evaluate Government and donor funded projects as well as the National Development Plan. Specifically, NaMED will:
- Lead the monitoring and evaluation of all public sector programmes and projects including donor funded project.
- Design and implement a National Monitoring System that links the monitoring unit in MDAs, Local councils and donor funded projects unit on one hand with NaMED, the Ministry of Finance, Parliament and the office of the President on the other;
- Develop monitoring guidelines and manuals for use by all MDAs and local councils and support their capacity building needs to effectively undertake monitoring;
- Track and record progress of implementation of all projects as well as the National Development Plan using modern and appropriate Technology;
- Lead the conduct of Independent baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluation of all projects;
- Conduct special studies on various aspect of public sector projects;
- Establish and maintain a database on all completed and on-going projects.