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Monitoring, evaluation and learning


Monitoring, evaluation and learning

Overview

We work to maximise the social and economic impact of development efforts. As a trusted provider of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services we combine our deeply rooted understanding of the African context with our extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods to assess progress, measure value creation, and facilitate internal and external learning.

Areas of Expertise

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      Programme and impact evaluation

      Genesis specialises in conducting evaluations of development programmes, including performance evaluations, process evaluations, mid-term evaluations, and final evaluations with the aim of providing reasoned and independent views of the progress achieved to date, as well as the identification of successes and challenges.

      We also conduct formative evaluations with the aim of providing strategic recommendations to improve programmes’ alignment to achieve/realise the desired outcomes. Genesis is inherently invested in ensuring that evaluations are of a high quality, are useful and value-adding to the needs of all stakeholders, and that there is local ownership of the evaluation process and subsequent findings.

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      Monitoring and results measurement systems

      Genesis works with and empowers organisations to define their theory of change, monitor their progress towards their ultimate objectives, and make better, evidence-based decisions.

      We adopt a results-based management approach, which ensures that M&E processes are embedded in programme implementation and decision-making. This ensures that emerging lessons can immediately be fed back to programme decision-makers, who can make adjustments that improve the programme’s ultimate value and impact.

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      Integrated monitoring, evaluation and learning

      Genesis also offers integrated monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) within a programme with the opportunity of addressing any implementation challenges as and when they arise, rather than just at discrete points in programme implementation.

Projects

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    Evaluating the Ifakara innovation and entrepreneurship hub

    Genesis conducted the mid-term strategic evaluation of the Developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Tanzania programme, jointly funded by Fondation Botnar and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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    Assessing tech-enabled solutions to global youth unemployment

    Genesis was commissioned by Mercy Corps to conduct a rapid impact assessment of its Youth Impact Labs (YIL) programme.

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    Strategic Learning for IYF’s Passport to Success Programme

    Genesis was appointed to conduct a strategic learning exercise of the Via: Pathways to Work, a five-year initiative that aims to improve economic opportunities for underserved youth in Mozambique and Tanzania.

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    Genesis reviews IFC’s Support for Compact with Africa initiative

    Genesis was appointed to conduct the mid-term review (MTR) of the IFC Support for the Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative (ISCA).

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    Rwanda review project on renewable energy

    The Development Bank of Rwanda appointed Genesis to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan for the Renewable Energy Fund project.

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    Learning partner for ASISA Foundation

    Genesis was appointed the learning partner for the ASISA Foundation, which was established by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) to implement consumer financial education initiatives on behalf of the industry.

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    Supporting technical assistance to smallholder farmers project with MEL

    Genesis was engaged by Technoserve to provide MEL support to the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Technical Assistance Facility (CASA TAF).

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    Ensuring the greatest impact of COVID relief funds in SA

    The Solidarity Fund was set up in March 2020 to fund a range of initiatives that addressed the COVID-19 crisis in South Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Genesis Analytics to provide extensive and wide-ranging technical support for the fund to ensure that the investments made by the fund had the greatest possible impact.

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    Genesis evaluates government's evaluation system

    Genesis, in partnership with UK-based IOD PARC, was appointed by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Office of the Presidency to evaluate South Africa’s National Evaluation System.

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Related Focus Areas

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    Africa's Youth

    Africa is experiencing an unprecedented youth wave. Today, Africa has twice as many 15-year-olds as 35-year-olds. This ratio is likely to increase. From 193 million young people aged 15-24 in 2015, the number will grow to 295 million by 2035, and to 362 million by 2050.

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    Digital economy

    Our digital economy team at Genesis focuses on technology innovation and the opportunities it provides for improving the development potential of African nations. Our work is focused on supporting African governments, their development partners and private firms in forging new tech-enabled pathways to inclusive growth.

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    Economic opportunity

    Expanding access to economic opportunity is essential for improving lives and livelihoods, generating jobs and creating wealth. The private sector plays a leading role in delivering economic growth and is increasingly expected to do so in a way that is inclusive and sustainable.

    There are a number of ways in which businesses, foundations, governments and development organisations work to support private sector development. These include developing inclusive market systems; supporting the creation of quality jobs; developing value chains and access to markets for businesses; development of the financial sector and supporting access to finance; MSME development; capital markets development; and overall business enabling environment.

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    Financial services strategy

    Our Financial Services team has completed more than 600 projects across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East since 2001. We work with leading financial institutions to address their challenges, unlock value for their stakeholders and shape the future of the industry.

    Our team understands the evolving technology and market structures, economics and regulatory trends across all segments of the financial services sector. Our distinct approach is characterised by deep specialisation and rigorous analysis based on a strong economics foundation.

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    Health

    We work with our clients to develop solutions aimed at improving the health of populations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Our region faces the challenges of the quadruple burden of disease, which includes both communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as violence and injury. 

    Coupled with this are relatively weak health systems, heavy reliance on donor funding and inequitable public and private sectors. Within this context, we provide experts with decades of experience in the design, implementation, costing and evaluation of health programmes, and strengthening of sustainable health systems.

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    Human development

    We work with governments and private businesses to build human capital by improving education and health outcomes, ensuring a decent standard of living for all. Our focus sectors are health, education, social protection and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). 

    Our core areas of expertise are financing (public finance management, sector financing and expenditure performance, private sector investment), mixed service delivery systems (private and public sector) and adaptive social service systems.

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