What you need to know: Careers in monitoring and evaluation

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By Nina Segal Kennedy

M&E professionals need to be able to view the overall landscape of a project, but also be able to dig down to the gritty details. Find out what the latest hiring trends are — and tips for how to land the job — in this in-demand sector.


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The field of monitoring and evaluation has taken off in international development, as investors and their implementing partners put an increasing premium on measuring the impact of their work. Here's how you can prepare yourself for a career in M&E.


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Impact evaluations help multilateral development institutions gauge the effectiveness of their development programs, but the tool itself is far from perfect. We look into the issue ahead of a major conference hosted by the Asian Development Bank.


Innovation evaluation: Should development look to the private sector?

With no streamlined model or standardized measures for assessing the results of innovation, it might be time for the development sector to take a harder look at how corporations evaluate their initiatives.


How communities can be involved in monitoring and evaluating development projects

Monitoring and evaluation is an important aspect of project implementation. How can organizations improve the way they engage communities in their M&E? Devex talked with project managers and experts to find out.


Do your M&E systems stack up to disco-era standards?

When talking monitoring and evaluation, it's hard to ignore the fact that we've made little progress over the past 40 years. International Solutions Group's Michael Klein looks at how to better integrate the systems and processes into our organizations.


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Devex's Executive Membership content this month explored why good data on public health is vital for good policy and why internet connectivity is an essential component of economic development. We also detailed how development organizations can save money in a world of fluctuating currencies, tips for proposal writing, and how organizations can engage communities in their monitoring and evaluation.


How M&E data can hide development impact

A new study has found a dramatic disconnect between official reporting and the actual impact of a program to disseminate conservation agriculture practices. Author Brendan Brown, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide, is urging NGOs to add more nuance to their impact monitoring strategies.


H&M wants to pay its garment workers digitally — here's why

The fashion retailer has announced plans to digitize payments along its supply chain following a new report revealing time and cost savings for factories in Bangladesh that switched to e-payments.


Top skills and professions you can transition to a global development career

Looking to transition to a global development career? Professionals with these skills and backgrounds may find transitioning careers easier than they thought.


Q&A with the head of Google.org: Taking big bets on bold ideas

Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, speaks the languages of both Silicon Valley and global development. She talks to Devex about making the most of your expertise to have greater impact.


Q&A: AfDB offers boost to Africa's fashion industry

Job creation is a key priority for governments and populations — particularly youth — across Africa. Devex spoke with African Development Bank gender specialist Emanuela Gregorio about the bank's nontraditional investment to increase employment in the underdeveloped African textile and fashion industry.


MSF to aid actors: 'Step up' efforts against hepatitis E outbreak in Chad

International medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières has declared the hepatitis E situation in Chad an epidemic.


Opinion: The case for metadata

The data revolution has a lot of supporters, but the metadata revolution may be just as vital when it comes to achieving the SDGs. Development Initiatives Data Scientist Beata Lisowska explains.


Opinion: World's poorest nations stand to gain most from tech investment

ICTs have brought about many changes over the past two decades, transforming the lives of individuals and triggering a range of innovations, writes the U.N.'s Gyan Chandra Acharya in this guest column. But how have the world's poorest nations fared as the global community embraces new technologies?


Mobile World Congress highlights importance of connectivity for meeting SDGs

This event has evolved from an industry event for telecom companies to a massive technology conference, as well as a priority event for individuals working at the intersection of emerging technology and global development.


Moving back to Africa to start a social enterprise? Read this first

More and more young Africans in diaspora are taking a leap to start their business and social enterprise on the continent. What has it been like for those who returned? What are the things to consider before making a move back to Africa? Three social entrepreneurs who have successfully launched a social impact business on the continent shared their experience and five tips with Devex.


When aid funds a country — not its refugees

As the Syrian conflict approaches its sixth anniversary, international NGOs have been searching for ways to support Lebanon's refugees without excluding the local population. Money that would traditionally take the form of food parcels or hand-outs is instead being funneled into the country itself, fueling its economy and supporting public institutions.