Reviewing the SADC Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation System for the SADC Protocol on Trade

The Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation (MRE) System for the SADC Protocol on Trade was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of Trade in July 2014 and its implementation commenced immediately thereafter. The MRE System for the Protocol on Trade thus aims to strengthen the results-oriented monitoring function and capacity in Member States, SADC Structures and the SADC Secretariat for the purpose of improving programmes and policies, organisational learning and accountability, to introduce approaches and tools to monitor progress towards the obligations and desired outcomes consistent with the Trade Protocol, and to provide practical guidance to stakeholders on producing reports, presenting data and using the information for decision making and resource allocation.

International Economics, with funding from GIZ, undertook a comprehensive review of the MRE System to propose improvements and revisions to its design, and a plausible approach to reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

What We Found

The project’s overall objective was to review the functionality, tools, reporting cycle and the usability of the MRE System, to assess if the MRE System achieves its objectives as well as the purpose envisaged in the SPME, including a technical review, especially regarding indicators used, of all the MRE System components, to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the MRE System taking into account the newly developed automated reporting platform. International Economics also recommended possible changes and improvements to the MRE System in order to ensure that it successfully monitors the implementation, outcome and impact of the SADC Protocol on Trade and reviewed the SADC national support training on the MRE System.

Our Strategy and Impact

The team at International Economics conducted a desk study and stakeholder consultations to evaluate the system and collect data. An online questionnaire was also distributed to determine user satisfaction. The team analysed and synthesised the data and information collected to address key evaluation questions under the OECD-DAC criteria. A series of recommendations were also developed on improvements and revisions of the tool, and to suggest ways of streamlining data collection and consolidation. The outputs from this project were used by the SADC Secretariat to ensure relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the MRE System.

Our Core Solutions

Governments, international donors, and the private sector face many important questions on the expected outputs and impact before, during and after the implementation of their projects. This is where International Economics Consulting’s team of experts, using innovative methodologies to collect and analyse data, can assist you in tracking the economic, social, and environmental aspects of your project. Applying our analysis and research knowledge, we help our clients maximise efficiency and improve their development objectives. Through the lessons learnt and the feedback mechanisms we implement in our monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) processes, we support institutional strengthening and the re-alignment of resources to ensure the sustainability and maximum impact of projects, helping our clients make well-informed strategic decisions. Learn More. How do we help our clients with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning? Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) processes are vital in ensuring the success and sustainability of projects. International Economics Consulting has developed considerable expertise and experience in the sector, working with a vast network of international donors and governments. We assist our clients by: Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of Projects Implementation is critical for the success of any project and is, therefore, crucial to ensure that performance is met in a way that maximises impact and efficiency. Our team is experienced in implementing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) projects worldwide. Some of the core solutions we offer include: o Revision of evaluation questions and the development of evaluation matrices; o Field visits and data collection; o Stakeholder Consultations; and o Data Analysis, for example, value for money analysis, heatmap of expenditures and returns on investment Evaluating Project Outcomes We assist our clients in obtaining some of the key answers regarding the outcomes and finalisation of their projects, such as: o Has the project met the expected outputs? o Has it achieved the desired impact and objectives? o Was implementation carried out sustainably? o What were the pathways for achieving development? o Are the effects sustainable, i.e., will they last over time? o What are the lessons learnt? Institutional Learning The lessons learnt, and feedback mechanism we implement in our monitoring and evaluation processes support institutional strengthening and re-alignment of resources to ensure project sustainability and maximum impact. The evaluation exercise revises the monitoring indicators of institutions and makes suggestions for reinforcing these, improving the communication of results, and ensuring adaptation of projects in line with outcomes. Discover our expertise areas and how we can help your business thrive.

Project Areas

International Business Strategy

E-Commerce and Digital Trade

Policy and Negotiations

Risk Management

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

How Can we help you?

Get in touch with us or find an office closest to you.