Institute of Development Studies
People-centred M&E: Aligning Incentives So Agriculture Does More to Reduce Hunger
- Edited by Yvonne Pinto, Lawrence Haddad, David Bonbright and Johanna Lindstrom, assisted by Efe Atugba - 2010
- ISBN 0265 5012
- 120 pages
- Printed price £14.95
IDS Bulletins - 41.6
After more than two decades of hiatus agriculture is back on the agenda of donors and governments. Issues of harmonisation, results orientation, mutual accountability and payments for performance have become mantras in development assistance. Placing intended beneficiaries at the centre stage is the new motto. But the articles in this seminal IDS Bulletin provide systematic evidence to lay open the widely shared secret among development practitioners that the cupboard of agricultural monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is bare. Agricultural M&E has been weak at best. Where it exists it has concentrated on tools and methods, a narrow focus on project performance ratings and ‘rates of return’ with accountability upwards to donors rather than downwards to the intended beneficiaries of programmes.