The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organized an interaction program “KOICA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Seminar for Development Effectiveness” on August 27, 2014 in Soaltee Hotel. Around 80 guests from different government sectors, KOICA’s project partners, representatives from the international/ bilateral agencies as well as from NGO’s groups shared their great concern and interest in the program.
This is the very first time that KOICA Nepal Office has organized M&E seminar to discuss the various guidelines and tools of the M&E system within KOICA and Nepal Government structure. The program includes introductory sessions on M&E system of KOICA, evaluation result of KOICA’ project and it also intends to share the M&E guideline of Nepalese government. Similarly representative from UNICEF is also schedule to share their Health sector M&E system.
According to a press release issued by KOICA, the basic objective of the program is to create linkages between development project and the overall national development goal. Similarly, it aims to get a clear vision on how to improve the project outcome and make more in line with the government priorities. Through this seminar KOICA intends to grasp broader picture of Nepal’s government M&E roadmap as well as align its future project to it.
Korea has been emerging as a development partner in a recent time. Korea through KOICA has been supporting the Nepalese government in various development assistance programs. However its major area of intervention in Nepal is Health, Agriculture and Education (TEVT) sector. Being a promising bilateral agency KOICA has developed its Country Partnership Strategy which aligns mostly with national periodic plans and strategies. It is committed to design projects that are more in line with Nepal government’s needs and priorities.