African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 368

Article in Press

Stakeholder participation in monitoring and evaluation of district assembly projects and programmes: The Savelugu-Nanton municipal assembly in perspective

Alhassan Baba Musah, Sulemana Mohammed, Kanlisi Kaba Simon

  •  Received: 07 June 2017
  •  Accepted: 05 July 2017
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) aid in promoting greater transparency and accountability and a response to the growing demand for organisations to improve project and programme outcomes and impacts. The beneficial spill over of PM&E has the effect of illuminating on results while giving stakeholders a clearer sense of the status of projects and programmes while the ability to demonstrate positive results can also earn an organisation a greater popular support from the local people. This can be possible by effectively involving key stakeholders of projects and programmes. However, some studies have found that the level of participation in some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is ineffective. The case of the Savelugu-Nanton Municipal Assembly is not clear, hence the need to ascertain the level of participation in M&E of projects and programmes. The study adopted a case study approach in order to ensure in-depth analysis while supplementing qualitative data with quantitative data. A sample of 70 MPCU, District Assembly Members and Zonal Council respondents participated in the study. At the community level, a sample of 126 key informants were included in the sample. The study revealed that stakeholder participation in M&E of programmes was high among the MPCU members and the District Assembly members but low at the Zonal Council and community levels. The study established that stakeholders mostly participated in M&E of projects and programmes through stakeholder review meetings. The study also indicated that transparency and accountability was the foremost outcome of PM&E. The study therefore recommended that the District Assembly should formulate policies to improve upon the participation of the Zonal Councils and the communities to ensure transparency and accountability, sustainability of projects and programmes and to ensure value for money to sustain the outcomes of projects and programmes.

Keywords: Participatory monitoring and evaluation, stakeholders, community participation, projects and programmes