The first engagement of ASSP/ASDP-L with Strengthening Management for Impact (SMIP) started with a training workshop on ‘Managing for Impact: from theory to practice’ held on November, 2007. This was followed by designing a participatory and learning-oriented monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for ASSP/ASDP-L. Designing of the M&E system followed a participatory approach giving full consideration to stakeholder information needs and participatory data collection tools. The participatory data gathering methods were pre-tested and on-job training of the methods was given to staff of ASSP/ASDP-L and key stakeholders at the district and Shehia level.

Mr. Zaki K. Juma , Programme Coordinator of ASSP/ASDP-L pointed out the following changes in the Programme since the engagement of the programme with SMIP:

  • Greater engagement with stakeholders and beneficiaries: – has been strengthened and increased. Now ASSP/ASDP-L has good collaboration and contact with stakeholders and beneficiaries.
  • Participation: – after the training on MfI and development of M&E data collection tools; the participation of stakeholders in the Programme activities has increased. The stakeholders are now challenging ASSP/ASDP-L with questions to change/improve some of the data collection tools so that they fit the environment in which they are used. Beneficiaries, now, give feed-back on the tools to Agricultural Services Facilitation Team (ASFT).
  • Working as a team: – the ASFT works in teams, the interaction amongst the ASFT team has increased.
  • Linking M&E with management process: – this has increased. Previously ASSP/ASDP-L has been doing M&E for the sake of accountability, but now we use M&E for management process, for open, constructive and critical reflection of the programme management. •Internalizing M&E tools to beneficiaries: – beneficiaries feel that the M&E tools are part and parcel of the Programme activities and their engagement with the programme.
  • Carrying out Programme activities efficiently guided by the annual work plan and budget: – previously the annual work plan and budget was seen only at the end of the year – to find out that one/two activities were not completed and there are cases where left-out activities were done on ad-hoc basis. But now we refer to AWPB continuously as frequently as possible to ensure that we follow it.
  • Linking operations and activities with the programmes goal and objectives: – improvement in this area is under way. Link of activities with goals and objectives is given emphasis in the programme now.

Post by; Mr. Zaki K. Juma. , ASSP/ASDP-L Programme Coordinator April 3, 2009 Zanzibar, Tanzania