Our decision-making is informed by regular monitoring and evaluation of our programmes. The evidence gathered through these processes allows us to best steer our actions on the ground and identify where we should focus our efforts, which target groups should be prioritised, and which approaches work best. We do this to ensure maximum transparency and accountability on all our actions.
This work is conducted at three levels: at the level of each programme, of each region, and of the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa) as a whole.
We continue to use EU best practices, resources, and tools to monitor and evaluate our actions. Each programme has a specific budget set aside for continuous monitoring and evaluation, by implementing partners and EU Delegations (internally), and by independent experts (externally.)
To ensure transparency, we use the publicly available Akvo Really Simple Reporting platform to present, on a regular basis, the expected and actual results of our programmes according to each action's specific indicators.
The EU Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system is another important tool. It consists of short visits by independent experts who assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, potential impact, and sustainability of each programme. Most programmes under the EUTF for Africa will receive ROM missions. As of March 2019, 61 EUTF for Africa projects covering all three regions of the EUTF for Africa were selected for ROM reviews, of which 38 were fully completed.
In parallel, mid-term and/or final evaluations of programmes will be undertaken to offer further guidance and to capitalise on lessons learnt and best practices.
Beyond programme-specific monitoring and evaluation, we also aim to capture information demonstrating whether priorities identified at the level of each region are being properly addressed. Considering the distinctive remit and innovative approach of the EUTF for Africa, it is also crucial that our actions quickly assimilate lessons learnt, and share best practices.
Horn of Africa :
Sahel & Lake Chad
North of Africa
The European Commission produced a mid-term review report of the EUTF for Africa, to identify key lessons and provide recommendations that will inform future choices concerning EU strategic approaches to: (i) support all aspects of stability; (ii) contribute to better migration management; and (iii) address root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration.
The Learning Lessons from the EUTF exercise was initiated at the end of June 2019 as an informal reflection on what could be learned from the implementation of the EUTF on the topic of migration and forced displacement. The second phase of the Learning Lessons from the EUTF exercise, which lasted from June 2020 to February 2021 pursued the following objectives: pave the way for a post-2020 strategy on migration, mobility and forced displacement; update the EUTF portfolio assessment and contextual data; further analyse the eight thematic areas identified and deliver an updated Learning Lessons from the EUTF report to support future programming.
To measure the collective achievements of our programmes, we have developed an EUTF Results Framework, constructed around our four strategic priorities. Each priority area is broken down into expected results and each result is measured by a set of indicators. EUTF Results Framework common macro indicators are necessary to measure progress against these objectives. A list of common output indicators has been established List of revised indicators - EN
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Please note that these indicators have been revised in 2020 in order to ensure a better harmonisation between windows and to monitor and report as accurately as possible on the activities implemented through the EUTF. Please find the methological note detailing this revision: Methodological note - EN
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All projects report on these indicators where relevant in order to aggregate results at country, regional, and EUTF level. They are reflected on the website with results collected for all programmes on the basis of information provided by implementing partners. The Results Framework allows us to measure the collective achievements of the EUTF for Africa as a whole. For a more comprehensive view of the outcomes and impact of our programmes in the long term, we will continue to revert to the monitoring and evaluation processes outlined aboveTo go further, please read our vulgarisation notes on the work and progress that had been done so far in terms of monitoring outcomes and high level indicator
In February 2019, the three windows elaborated a common EUTF for Africa Risk Register