Ministry comes up with draft to evaluate INGOs’ functioning

Kathmandu, May 21:

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) has finalised a draft to monitor and evaluate the INGOs with an objective to monitor and evaluate the activities of the international non-government organisations (INGO) and check whether the their operations are as per the objectives of the Tenth Five-Year Plan, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) and the Social Welfare Act.

Monitoring and Evaluation Method Development Committee comprising of MoWCSW, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Development, National Planning Commission and the Social Welfare Council passed the procedures on May 18.

The procedure will check if the programmes launched by the INGOs have attained desired achievements and benefited the target groups.

The main objectives of the procedure is to develop effective and regular network for monitoring, bringing uniformity, identify special characteristics of INGOs and analyse the situation, nationalise accounts of their achievements and utilise them further, formulate plan of action for future programmes, said Ritu Raj Bhandari, under-secretary at the MoWCSW.

“Though INGOs accept monitoring and evaluation as important part while formulating the project, it has been only a formal job, the recently prepared procedures will help to check credibility, transparency, effectiveness, and austerity measures of the organisations,” said Bhandari, adding that the procedures are open to changes after the INGOs give their feedback. Dr Sibesh Chandra Regmi, chairperson of Association of International Non-Government Organisations said, evaluation and monitoring of the INGOs is required because they should be transparent and should ensure the right to information about their activities. Dr Regmi said the procedure should facilitate the programmes rather than control their activities.

The draft has proposed three types of monitoring methods - a contemporary method which will be a regular monitoring, a participatory method which will include representatives of District Development Committee, officials from the government offices in the district, representatives of NGO and INGO and random monitoring which will include the representatives of related ministries, INGO, SWC, NPC and MoWCSW.