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Representatives from around the region are convening this week to lay the groundwork toward establishing a Pacific-centred and owned approach to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to enhance development effectiveness for the region.
A key part of this convening, is the emphasis on the methodology for which this gathering is being organised and facilitated.
With the support of Dr Cresantia Frances Koya-Vaka’uta from the University of the South Pacific, organisers of the event have made every effort to ensure this event emphasizes the Pacific voices cultures and perspectives throughout.
Under the careful guidance of Dr Frances, the team have referenced and used aspects of the “Kakala” Framework from Dr Konai Helu-Thaman, “Talanoa” by Dr Timote Vaioleti and “Vanua” by Dr Unaisi Nabobo-Baba to guide the research prior to for the duration of this event.
“The Pacific MEL Convening” is the culmination of a month-long consultation and investigation process collecting information regarding MEL practices and capabilities of Pacific Island Governments, as well as Non-Governmental Agencies, Civil Society Organisations.
Talanoa between the partners and stakeholders across the region will shape understandings of the current strengths, challenges and opportunities for MEL in the Pacific. Blending both a systems approach and Kakala research framework to iteratively co create a way forward for a functional, appropriate and locally owned Pacific MEL.
The way forward will take the form of Rebbilib, to chart future planning, investment, resourcing and implementing MEL capacity strengthening.
The findings of this process provide a baseline of regional capabilities and practices in the region, and as well as gaps that can be addressed.
Bringing together close to 60 MEL practitioners and advocates from across the region, organisers of this event are looking to the participants to set a shared agenda for MEL in the region, as well as to document good practices and capture learning from the wealth of experience in the room.
These rich discussions, will form the basis for a MEL community of practice for the Pacific.
This convening is supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and is jointly facilitated by Pacific Community (SPC) and BetterEvaluation.
The Pacific MEL Convening is taking place this week at the Tokatoka Resort in Nadi, Fiji. It will will open with a traditional kava ceremony on Monday 5th August at 4pm and will conclude on Thursday 8th August.