Publication Date

5-2009

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

James Levinson

Abstract

Since the advent of foreign aid to developing countries, many development projects and programs, although implemented in these countries, have been developed by donor agencies or other organizations in the donor country. Under such conditions, frequently, a significant portion of the management, technical assistance, monitoring of the implementation process and program evaluation is organized in the host country.

This capstone is a case study looking at monitoring as a management tool in remote-management development programs. The Case Study involves two projects, the Equatorial Guinea Malaria Control Initiative (EGMCI) and Bioko Malaria Control Project (BIMCP) being implemented in Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa. Both are managed with the assistance of Medical Care Development International (MCDI) based in Keene New Hampshire.

This Capstone focuses on the integration of monitoring into the management of development initiatives. The capstone looks at the monitoring of the implementation process, i.e. the monitoring of inputs, activities and outputs rather than looking at the outcomes (impact evaluation). It examines the different monitoring tools and information technology available and actually utilized for the remote management and the monitoring of the EGMCI and BIMCP. This capstone describes the (1) the context under which the practice was carried out (2) the M&E plan of the malaria program, (3) the process of the evaluation of the cost of the first phase of the EGMCI project based on the Enhanced Financial Reporting framework introduced by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), (4) the design of tracking sheets for monitoring expenses; and (5) the use of Windows SharePoint Services for managing and monitoring work flow – the program process monitoring. A survey of MCDI’s new tracking system was carried out as part of this research, and found high appreciation of the system’s value despite some present difficulties in usage. The researcher developed the analytical tool used for collecting data needed to produce the enhanced financial report for the Global Fund evaluation, and the tracking sheet for financial monitoring.

Disciplines

Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods

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