THE EFFECT OF MONITORING AND EVALUATION PRACTICES ON DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS’ PERFORMANCE IN YEMEN AND ITS RELATION TO GENDER
“Case Study on The Yemen Social Fund for Development (SFD)”
Lubna Hassan Abdulrahman Jahaf
This study aims to examine the effect of monitoring and evaluation practices on the performance of the development projects in Yemen and its relation to gender. It identifies the extent to which monitoring and evaluation practices in the form of (financial resources, staff training, monitoring skills, technical activities, information system, reports and gender) affect the performance of the development projects. It also explores the mediating effect of the management support towards M&E and the performance of the development projects shedding the light on gender. This has been applied following a conceptual framework, in addition to the Result Based Management theory. In order to achieve the objectives of the study, the researcher employed descriptive research design in which mixed method approach was used. Qualitative data was gathered through interviews that were conducted with nine Key Informants (KI) from program staff at SFD. Results from the interviews helped further in developing the survey instrument. The sample of the study was 136 from the program staff (project and M&E), Data was collected through close-ended questionnaire and analysed using SPSS (version 25). The data was analysed using Correlation, regression and hierarchical regression. The findings of the study showed that staff with monitoring skills in SFD , who are practicing M&E technical activities, generating M&E reports in timely manner , getting support from management and considering gender in their activities will significantly affect the performance of the development projects. Also, the findings from the hierarchical regression showed that, there is a mediating effect by the management support between gender and the project performance, indicating that the management of SFD is gender sensitive. This study is one of the first studies which has focused on gender relations in the field of M&E.