The National Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (NaMED) has engaged Paramount Chiefs (PCs) in Falaba, Koinadugu, Bombali, Tonkolili, and Kono District on Participatory Monitoring of all Government and Donor funded Projects in their various chiefdoms.
The discussion seeks to address issues of strategic partnership with PCs, PCs to provide oversight functions and mapping community development for donor and government funded projects.
Welcoming PCs of every district, PCs pledged their support and commitment to NaMED, ensuring PCs active participation in project monitoring within their various localities.
Responding to the media, the Director General/ of NaMED, Dr. James Edwin said that this is all the idea of H.E President Maada Bio to ensure proper monitoring of all projects in Sierra Leone, so that the projects are delivered as planned, within the time limit and that quality of delivery is ensured, and the only way for effective participatory monitoring is to include PCs as they are custodians of their chiefdoms. DG further enlightened PCs present, that the meeting is to allow PCs to assess their projects monitoring strengthen, weaknesses, successes, challenges and the way forward to project implementation strategies in their respective localities.
The DG reiterated that PCs have knowledge of what obtains in their chiefdoms more than one else therefore are better placed to help monitor all project in their chiefdoms. This justifies why NaMED is partnering with them at every stage of its operation. Dr. Edwin assured the media that NaMED’s monitoring is not just about going to the field, but to ensure that work is done according to specifications and there should be value for money.
He concluded by appreciating the PCs for pledging their support to NaMED to work as partners in development and assured them that NaMED will continue this partnership by considering them as Champions of Monitoring and Evaluation in Sierra Leone.