Action Against Desertification

Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation held in Burkina Faso

M&E are crucial for the implementation of Action Against Desertification


From 21 to 25 March 2016 a workshop was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on the planning of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities for Action Against Desertification.

The workshop, organized by FAO, the AGHRYMET Regional Center of CILSS and the University of Tuscia, brought together 28 participants from seven countries  - Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, The Gambia and Chad -  to develop Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) capacities and plans for each country.

It was a continuation of capacity development workshops on M&E following workshops already organized in Rome and Niamey on the use of Collect Earth as a tool for biophysical assessment and monitoring.

Monitoring and evaluation are a crucial step for the implementation of Action Against Desertification, allowing to keep track of its progress and measure its environmental and socio-economic outcomes. In particular, it is crucial to carefully define the most adequate performance and outcome indicators.

The workshop helped countries in developing a socio-economic baseline and provided know-how on how to carry out household surveys, addressing issue such as how to choose the best sampling strategies and develop the most appropriate questionnaires.

Finally, the workshop allowed fine-tuning the M&E framework for the African component of Action Against Desertification.