Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring is the ongoing collection of data on specific indicators for assessing the implementation of an intervention (project, programme, policies, etc.) in relation to physical and financial advances (performance) and to the overarching objectives.

Evaluation is the periodic assessment of the design, implementation, results and impacts of an intervention aimed at development. It should evaluate the relevance and scope of objectives, their implementation in terms of effectiveness and efficiency and the nature, distribution and sustainability of impacts.

Municipal District

Territory corresponding to the political and administrative division of national territory.

Municipal Government or Municipal Authority

Territorial body which is in charge of the municipal territory or district; it has political, fiscal and administrative autonomy within the limits fixed by the constitution and decentralization laws of each country. The key functions of the municipal Government are: a) To provide public services and to meet basic needs that are unmet as regards health, education, sanitation, drinking water, housing, recreation and sport; b) To organize and plan the economic, social and environmental development of its territory and to construct the facilities required by municipal progress; c) To ensure the appropriate management of renewable natural resources and of the environment; d) To encourage community participation and the social and cultural improvement of its inhabitants.