OCFA Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop to Boost Donor Accountability and Effectiveness of Future Foreign Aid Interventions

Published May 17th, 2010 - 12:17 GMT

 The UAE Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid (OCFA) is holding an introductory, interactive training workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation from 17-19 May in Abu Dhabi.  The three-day workshop will present current best practices in monitoring and evaluation and explore which frameworks would be best suited for the UAE context. 
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi and President of OCFA, the workshop underlines OCFA’s commitment to providing training programmes and knowledge transfers that help build the capacities of UAE-based donor agencies to effectively deliver development and humanitarian aid.

“Familiarizing UAE donor organizations with current best practices in monitoring and evaluation will help raise the standards, skills and knowledge-levels among local players and support them in their aid missions,” said Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, OCFA Director General. 
He added:  “Monitoring and evaluation provides organizations with data that will help improve the success of their decisions, for instance on resource allocation, as well as help identify areas of improvement for future aid interventions.  Also, donor accountability will be enhanced since monitoring and evaluation allows organizations to determine whether promises made to stakeholders have been kept, goals achieved and improvements implemented successfully.”
Designed for executive directors or project managers with UAE donor organizations that have experience in monitoring the implementation of projects in the field, the workshop will include case studies, experience-sharing and group work facilitating knowledge transfers among participants. 
The workshop will explore the Project Management Cycle, the purpose of monitoring and evaluation, and the planning and initiation of monitoring and evaluation projects. It will also include a review of current practices used in the UAE and an overview of various methods and techniques that are available, along with a discussion on the development of monitoring and evaluation criteria, indicators and frameworks.
OCFA was set up by UAE Cabinet decree no. 36 for the year 2008 and has been operational since early 2009 to help UAE foreign aid donors improve delivery of humanitarian and development programmes worldwide.  With HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan presiding as the office’s President, OCFA is assessing foreign aid donor needs; providing appropriate training programmes and knowledge transfers; and, building and strengthening ties between the UAE foreign aid sector and the international aid community by providing multiple platforms that bring international and local aid organizations together.

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