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SECRETARY MINISTRY OF DEVOLUTION AND PLANNING CEREMONY OF THE 2013 NATIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION (M&E) WEE CONFERENCE REGENCY HOTEL, TUESDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER, 2013. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am very pleased to have this opportunity to address you this morning and welcome you to this conference on the occasion of the “Monitoring & Evaluation Week”. The conference is anticipated to provide a rich platform to share different e periences on monitoring and evaluation. I wish to e tend a special welcome to those of you who have come from far! including other countries! for accepting our invitations to participate in this conference. "s we say here! Karibuni Kenya.
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This #onference has $een organised $y my Ministry in colla$oration with other development partners and stakeholders in development work. I want from the onset to thank you all! for this event marks a key milestone in my Ministry. The theme of Evaluation Week %&'( )ational Monitoring and *Kenya at 50: Best Practices in

Shaping the Future Towards Vision 2030 * indeed resonates with the reflective mood that we are all going through as a country as we prepare to cele$rate +& years of independence. The ,ccasion could not have come at a $etter time.
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L"3$&* "%3 4&%'0&,&% I am also delighted to note that the M&E Week will $e an annual event that will $e cele$rated every -+th week of our calendar year. The Week provides a platform for M&E practitioners drawn from the devolved! national and international levels to show case and learn from each other on M&E practices. It will also provide an opportunity for counties to learn from each other as they implement their respective development programmes in an endeavour to deliver development results
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that are in tandem with the .enya /ision %&(&. The event is e pected to help us $uild the desira$le culture of M&E. L"3$&* "%3 G&%'0&,&%, My Ministry is charged with the responsi$ility of coordinating )ational 0evelopment 1lanning including monitoring and evaluation of economic trends among other responsi$ilities. "s such! it is the responsi$ility of the Ministry to ensure that the government tracks the implementation of policies and programmes to ensure sustaina$le
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development

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achievement of results.

The #onference provides us with two clear opportunities. 2irst! it ena$les the Ministry to $uild strong linkages with other stakeholders as a $asis for improving reporting and feed$ack mechanisms on all development efforts through a functioning monitoring and evaluation system3 and secondly! in line with the #onstitution of .enya %&'&! it $rings out to the fore our commitment towards fostering transparency! accounta$ility and good governance! which are key ingredients to sustaina$le development.
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D$*'$%4/$*+&3 G/&*'* .enya has em$arked on the implementation of the % nd Medium Term 1lan %&'(4%&'5 which aims to transform .enya through fostering devolution! socio4economic development! e6uity and national unity. 0uring the five year period starting %&'(! the government will endeavour to deliver accelerated and inclusive economic growth! higher living standards! $etter education and health care! increased 7o$ creation especially for the youth and women! and commercialised agriculture to provide higher rural incomes and afforda$le food for improved living standards.
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These commitments will put the government under pressure to achieve and demonstrate results. The role of monitoring and evaluation therefore $ecomes paramount in tracking the implementation of these policies and programmes to gauge their performance and provide timely information and feed$ack mechanism to decision makers. D$*'$%4/$*+&3 G/&*'* "s you are all aware! the Ministry has since %&&- $een coordinating the implementation of the )ational Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation 8ystem 9)IME8: in the country.
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We have used )IME8 to track the progress made in the implementation of policies and programmes with the view of providing feed$ack to planning! $udgeting and policy formulation.

The )IME8 engages stakeholders drawn from the pu$lic sector and non4state actors at $oth the national and devolved levels to undertake 7oint monitoring and evaluations e ercises. #onsidera$le progress has $een made in fostering an M&E culture3 and! it is therefore our wish that
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events like this $e used as a forum to review the 7ourney we have walked! successes we have made and the challenges ahead.

Today we are going to launch one of our )IME8 products! which is the “#omprehensive 1u$lic E penditure ;eview” 9#1E;: which provides an in depth analysis over the last three years on the sectoral e penditures and the results achieved from the same. It provides an assessment of the e tent to which pu$lic e penditure addresses national
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priorities in an effort to strengthen the link $etween government policies! planning and $udgeting. This is a useful tool for policy makers and practitioners! to aid us in making informed decisions. L"3$&* "%3 G&%'0&,&% This conference has $een convened as part of the government<s strategy of providing a platform to mo$ilise support for performance measurement within the paradigm of managing for development results.
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I am informed that yesterday! you were a$le to go through a session moderated $y the .enya #ommunity of 1ractice on Managing for 0evelopment ;esults 9.#o14Mf0;: that is affiliated to the "frica #ommunity of 1ractice 9"f#o14Mf0;: on managing for development results. The .enya #ommunity of 1ractise is one of those partnership platforms that my Ministry is coordinating to promote a results culture to deliver the country<s transformation agenda through dialogue and key institutional support. This is made up of a coalition of leaders drawn from the
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government! private sector! civil society organisations and representative of the youth whose primary vision is to change the lives of the people through sustaina$le improvement of human development outcomes. This is $y seeking to strengthen pu$lic sector management systems to $uild capa$le states3 strengthening results4 oriented organisations for $etter service delivery3 enhancing regional convergence3 and promoting south4south knowledge sharing. Today we shall $e re4launching the .enya #ommunity of 1ractise Managing for 0evelopment ;esults we$4page.
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L"3$&* "%3 G&%'0&,&% "s I draw to a conclusion! let me draw point out the fact that in the coming days! you are going to have an opportunity to interact with thought leaders in various aspects of monitoring and evaluation who are going to engage with you in panel discussions and deliver outstanding presentations. I would wish to urge each one of you to take advantage of the market place of ideas that presents itself and engage with
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the various ideas that are going to $e shared during these four days of the conference to add value to our work. =se this opportunity to gather as much as possi$le so that when you go $ack to your various organisations! you can $e the catalyst that will 7ump start your respective organisations towards integrating monitoring and evaluation in development operations. T+"%7 Y-/

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