Evaluation tools central to success of development goals

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Shamshad Akhtar. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Monitoring the success of development programmes, be they improving food production for farmers in Indonesia or ensuring clean water and sanitation for slum dwellers in India, requires strong evaluation methods according to ESCAP, the regional arm of the UN in Asia and the Pacific.

Senior officials from across the ESCAP region recently gathered in Bangkok to discuss the steps countries are taking to embrace monitoring and evaluation tools.

The tools are considered crucial to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, the deadline for which is the end of 2015.

Robert Spaull sent this report from Bangok. He begins by asking the ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, about how the effectiveness of development programmes can be improved.

Duration: 2'50"

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