UN Women’s sub-Regional Office in West Africa (WARO) is based in Dakar, Senegal and covers 15 countries (including Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Togo). In order to aggregate the data collected in each of these individual countries to obtain information at the regional level, the WARO team was looking for an easy-to-use tool to track indicators, as well as to access and share planned targets and actual results.
Enter di Monitoring.
di Monitoring is a web application enabling users to create interactive development plans, keep track of indicators on an annual, quarterly, or monthly basis, and create ready-to-print reports. From March 12-15, 21 staff members from UN Women WARO were trained in using the tool and to strategize for a regional implementation.
“We have been dealing with three main challenges,” explains Deputy Regional Director Maxime Houinato. “The first is to harmonize indicators for all countries encompassed in WARO, the second is to communicate with each of these offices to exchange information, and the third is to be able to view national and regional information seamlessly, as well as to aggregate data.”
During the four-day training, the team created a template framework for UN Women WARO that contains five Development Results Goals, along with their respective Outcomes, Outputs, and indicators. Once the framework for the WARO region is complete, 15 nested frameworks will be created (one for each country), allowing focal points from each of these nations to enter their respective data. This information will be aggregated into the main framework, saving the UN Women WARO team time and effort.
Dr. Josephine Odera, Regional Director for UN Women WARO, is excited about the next steps: “Now that the team has been trained on the regional level, we are going to organize a Training of Trainers where one M&E and program officer from each country will be trained in using di Monitoring. This is going to dramatically improve the way in which indicators are tracked, reports are produced, and data is exchanged.”
“I especially appreciate the real-time reporting possibilities of di Monitoring,” says Mr. Houinato. “If one of our colleagues enters data in the framework, we are able to see it immediately.”
The team at UN Women WARO is aiming for a progressive implementation of di Monitoring with a clear vision for the future. “This is just the beginning. Once the region has adopted and implemented the tool, we will conduct sensitization training for ministry focal points. This way, relevant development actors will be able to access and enter data more easily, and on a regular basis,” says Dr. Odera.
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