Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Performance of Non-Governmental Organization Projects. (A Case of AMREF Health Africa, Nairobi-Kenya).
Ohulo, O.A Humphrey
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Different non-governmental organizations are faced with poor project performance due to lack of proper project management facilities. In essence, AMREF Health Africa having extremely high number of projects are facing challenges in relation to determining the levels of participation of stakeholders as well as poor control of project implementation costs. Therefore, Monitoring and Evaluation systems in projects are warranted, and also necessary for organizations. This study sought to assess systems for monitoring and evaluation and the performance, of projects for AMREF Health Africa. The objectives included determining the level of participation of stakeholders in monitoring also evaluation, the availability of resources needed to achieving Monitoring and evaluation, and how the cost of implementing them affected the performance of projects implemented by AMREF Health Africa. The variables for the were founded on theory of Change, Results theory, as well as Resource-Based theory. The investigation made use of descriptive research as the study design. The study targeted six project activities and programs currently being undertaken by AMREF Health Africa project implementation personnel using census sampling design. Open ended questionnaires were adopted to achieve collection of primary data. And during the process a pilot study was used. Questionnaire’s validity test was achieved by considering the content of the research instruments developed by the supervisor. The data gathered was analyzed with the use of computer based statistical packages for sciences (SPSS) in conjunction with the descriptive analysis. A summary of the findings was made in form of tables for easy interpretation and inference. The researcher found out from the study that the research variables; competency levels and participation of stakeholders had positive correlation with the performance. Cost of M & E, system on performance as well portrayed a positive correlation. The current study made recommendations that similar projects involving the determination of systems for M&E and the performance of projects should be conducted in other non-governmental organizations. The survey can be based in various institutions i.e., the United States Agency for International Development (SAID) World Vision, Care International, Amnesty Care International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children, and many others.