12 July 2012

Ecowas Committee On Baseline Information for Key Regional Programmes to Meet in Lagos

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Lagos-Nigeria — A meeting of the ECOWAS Steering Committee to guide a two-phased study on the establishment of baseline data for evaluating key programmes under the regional five-year strategic plan for realizing the Community's vision opened in Lagos on Thursday, 12th July 2012. This second meeting of the Committee will discuss the report of a consultant on the first phase of the study designed to select the programmes eligible for effective evaluation of ECOWAS regional integration.

The strategic plan is to enable the ECOWAS Commission and other Community institutions comply with the six strategic priorities for realizing the 2020 Vision for a people-driven Community. The six priorities relate to the promotion of good governance; creating a competitive business environment; ensuring sustained development and regional cooperation; deepening economic and monetary integration; reinforcing institutional capacity and the strengthening of the mechanism for inserting the region into the global economy. The first phase of the study was launched in April 2012 and the first meeting of the Steering Committee validated the methodology that helped identify objective criteria for the selection of key programmes according to the strategic goals.

The work done so far would facilitate the development of baseline data for the selected programmes, said Mr. Akou Adjogou, Head of the Commission's Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Unit. Opening the meeting on behalf of Vice President Dr. Toga McIntosh, the head of M &E extolled the value of the exercise to the effective monitoring and evaluation of Community programmes to ensure compliance with the tenets of the strategic plan and objectives of the organisations vision 2020 programme for a citizen-centred Community.

The two-day meeting of the inter-institutional steering committee will also review the draft format proposed by the consultant for the performance measurement framework for the periodic evaluation of projects and programmes, as well as the indicators proposed for programmes and projects to be used in generating the baseline data. Other officials of the Commission's M & E Unit and representatives of the German Cooperation for Development (GIZ) which is supporting the study are attending the meeting.

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