An institutional dispensation, placed under the authority of the Prime Minister, has been provided to constantly ensure hitch-free NDS30 implementation.
On 16 November 2020, during the presentation of the National development strategy 2020 – 2030, stakeholders expresses concerns related to its monitoring and evaluation.
‘‘I would like to point out that we are going to need, very imperatively, a compelling monitoring mechanism’’, Professor Roger Tsafack Nanfosso indicated. For the Rector of the University of Dschang, in the country’s Ouest Region, ‘‘If we do not have a compelling monitoring mechanism, we could formulate several development strategies and still have disappointments as was the case with GESP’’.
‘‘In the State’s decision-making chain, there should be an offensive, aggressive and proactive dynamic to be able to implement the contents of the document…’’ the financial engineer Babissakana, CEO of the Prescriptor Consulting Firm declared.
Based effectively on the experience of GESP implementation, NDS30 has provided for an institutional steering and monitoring-evaluation mechanism, placed under the authority of the Prime Minister. It is the National Planning Council. Composed of all members of Government, private sector stakeholders and civil society organizations, its main mission is to supervise the overall implementation of the strategy and assess the results, effects and impacts of the implementation of the strategy on the country’s socio-economic development through the constant monitoring of key indicators.
Several reports expected annually
To accomplish its missions, the Council is assisted by a National Monitoring-Evaluation Committee. This Committee, placed under the authority of the Minister in charge of Planning, will be responsible for coordinating all monitoring-evaluation activities for implementing the strategy.
It concerns, amongst others, quarterly, semester and annual reports. The Committee is com- posed of secretaries general of all ministries, representatives of other Government institutions and public bodies, Regional and Local Authorities, consular chambers and the private sector, civil society organizations as well as technical and financial partners.
All of which is crowned by a statistical programme based on a national development strategy of the updated statistics.
For Government, this participatory monitoring-evaluation mechanism aims to ‘‘establish a constructive and sustainable dialogue between all development actors (the State, Private sector, civil society, technical and financial partners as well as beneficiaries)’’.
But, some experts want that this instrument should be perfected. Such is the case with Professor Viviane Ondoua Biwole, who expressed concerns on its cumbersome nature and the fact that actors in charge of NDS30 implementation are also involved in its evaluation.
According to this public management expert, ‘‘Government would gain in having a team of certified evaluators (who meet in a technical committee at the place of ministers and secretaries general) or sub-contract this evaluation within the framework of ex- ternal audits or have themselves assisted by neutral experts with proven skills’’.