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Two workshops on Programme Monitoring and Evaluation of Country Programmes held in Dakar, Senegal from 8 to 17 July 2019. Organized back-to-back for Francophone and Anglophone participants, the workshops brought together UNFPA monitoring and evaluation staff from 21 countries in West and Central Africa.

At the closing of the workshop, Osaretin Adonri, Assistant Representative of UNFPA Nigeria, on behalf of the English-speaking participants expressed satisfaction, given the opportunity to discuss and exchange on critical issues around programme monitoring and evaluation. "The workshop allowed us to discuss openly all the difficulties related to the practice of monitoring and evaluation in the countries." Osaretin said, adding the need to blend in communication to better explain and sensitize staff in monitoring and evaluating project and programme impact for the organization."

The first workshop for French-speaking participants took place from 8 to 10 July, while the second for English-speaking participants ran from 15 to 17 July 2019. Both workshops were aimed at, among other things, to familiarize the staff with monitoring and evaluation of country offices, as well as with UNFPA policy and evaluation methodologies.

Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation of UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office, Simon-Pierre Tegang, organizer of this joint training, was pleased with the outcomes of the training.  He noted the need to fully embed monitoring and evaluation in programmes, while consistently providing training and capacity building, including drawing from expertise from various countries across the region.

Participants at the two workshops were monitoring and evaluation staff and program managers from 21 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Chad, Togo).