The purpose of this website is to make information publicly available about the process of monitoring and evaluating the Katine project in Uganda. This project is implemented by AMREF, in association with local partner organisations, and is being funded by the Guardian newspaper and Barclays Bank (UK). Additional technical inputs are being provided by Farm Africa and Barclays Bank in Uganda.

The website is managed by myself, Rick Davies. I have been contracted by the Guardian newspaper to act as the external evaluator for the duration of the project. I will be visiting the project every six months, over a three year period. The project began in October 2007, and my first (familiarisation) visit was in January 2008.

Please note: AMREF already have their own monitoring and evaluation systems that will apply to the Katine project. These include those managed by the Katine project staff, and those managed by the AMREF offices in Kampala (country office), and Nairobi (head office).

In this context my role is one of meta-monitoring. I will be examining AMREF reports and the processes used to produce them, to assess whether they are providing a valid and appropriate account of project activities and their effects (in the short and longer term). This will be done in association with a series of meetings with a range of stakeholders in the Katine project, including project staff, government staff, elected officials, members of community groups, households across Katine, and other NGOs.

1. Contents (also accessible via the menus on the right sidebar)

2. Participation

  • You can express your views via the Comment Here box at the bottom of every page or posting on this website.
  • You can also express your views via the same type of Comment facility on the Guardian website: The Katine Chronicles
  • You can take part in an ongoing opinion poll, and see the results so far
  • Other options will be added in future.

2 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Martyn Roebuck Says:

    Eliza Anyangwe made some very pertinent points in her article in March, particularly on sustainability. In my recent reading of Madelaine Bunting’s comments, particularly on education, and the earlier article by Anushka Asthana, I am struck by the lack of reference to the national and local contexts in which education takes place or tries to take place in Uganda.
    Where are the references to Government priorities, and to working with the Districts and its development plans, with the introduction of the Thematic Curriculum into primary schools, and working with the school communities?
    In April 2008 the Netherlands Government published an impact evaluation of Primary Education in Uganda. ( . This report was used by the Ministry in Uganda (MoES) between 2007 and 2008 in planning a series of interventions across five years, in 12 of the poorest districts including Soroti (Quality Education Initiative), which is now underway (2009). It is attempting to address adverse effects of pursuing UPE. Furthermore the Impact Report highlighted (whole of chapter 6) the effect of the close working relationship between an NGO (Link Community Development), the District of Masindi, the schools, the Ministry, the national inspectorate (ESA now DES), the county and sub-county stakeholders, and the school communities, on the management of schools and educational processes, over time (since 2000). This systemic collaborative approach, focussing on the effective management of schools, has raised the educational performance in Masindi, by 2005, from being one of the very poorest in Uganda to being in the top 10%.
    Sustainability needs a systemic approach, to build upon what already exists, to support local development, and to promote change as collaborative ventures, These have to be tailored to the budget and other capabilities of the community, county, district, and central government; but moving the bar gradually higher.

    Postscript (27th June 2009): Martyn says “The report was published by the Dutch Government IOB in April 2008, but a confidential draft was made available to the Ministry of Education and Sports (and other key stakeholders) from May 2007, and you will note that in the last paragraph on page 2 there is a reference to a stakeholder conference in Uganda in September (2007) “to validate the findings of the study”. That conference preceded and fed into the October 2007 (annual) MoES Sector Review proceedings, at which, not surprisingly, there was a particular Ministerial focus on quality, which led to the setting up of the QEI interventions programme to which I refer.”

  2. I thank you so much for supporting Katine community and this helped me so much to get employed.

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