In a statement posted on Facebook, The Minister of National Planning and Development Hon. Hassan Mohamed Ali Gafadhi, announced that his ministry will be undertaking a major evaluation and monitoring effort of all projects implemented in Somaliland.
In his statement, the Minister informed the regional governors, the mayors, and coordinators, university officials, and students that the Ministry of National Planning and Development is starting monitoring and evaluation of all projects implemented in Somaliland.
He added that the evaluation will ensure that projects whether completed or ongoing are done as intended and in accordance with the National Development Plan.
The Minister also said, “We are also looking to get accurate data from those locations where projects are being implemented, and if people are aware of these projects and how they have impacted their lives!”
Minister Gafadhi stated that the ministry will be sending teams to all regions and districts of the country to monitor and evaluate all projects whether completed or in progress and asked regional government officials as well as the general public including university students to help.
It is unclear how and in what capacity public universities and their students can participate in the evaluation and monitoring of projects around the country.
Although a source at the Ministry confirmed that the Ministry conducts monitoring and evaluation for each project, this would be the first time the Ministry of National Planning and Development is undertaking a large scale monitoring and evaluation of projects around the country.
The source described the ministry activity as routine and added that the end goal is to ensure that projects implemented by UN and International NGOs are being implemented according to the National Development Plan II.
The Minister of National Planning and Development Hon. Hassan Mohamed Ali Gafadhi did not respond to questions for this report.