Trends and Results in Private Sector Development: Monitoring and Measuring, Bangladesh

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The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) organised a Seminar on trends and results in private sector development (PSD), in January 2012. It focused on what we are learning about results and in part on the DCED Standard for results measurement. There were around 100 participants from 32 countries, representing 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments. We took a number of interviews to capture some of the key messages that came out. They also aim to create a discussion around the issues highlighted, and all comments are very welcome.

In this video, Nabanita Sen and Markus Kupper review Katalyst’s Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) System in Bangladesh, and use of the DCED Standard.

Katalyst aims to contribute to increased income for men and women in rural and urban areas in Bangladesh by increasing the competitiveness of farmers and small businesses. Katalyst is jointly funded by SDC, DFID, CIDA and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands . It is implemented under the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of Bangladesh by Swisscontact and GIZ International Services. Katalyst began its second phase in March 2008 with a budget of CHF50.67million, and aims to reach 2.3 million farmers and small businesses, providing employment for 450,000 poor people, by the end of the phase in 2013.

Katalyst’s MRM System consists of a logical framework that set out detailed plans for interventions, written monitoring methods, analytical reports that document what happened and why, and people trained in the application of the monitoring processes. Since its first phase, Katalyst has been working on developing a high quality impact assessment system and has contributed significantly to the development of the DCED Standard for Measuring and Reporting Results. This process culminated in the full audit of Katalyst’s MRM system in May 2011. The report found the results measurement system to be comprehensive and robust, with some additional recommendations.

Nabanita Sen introduces Katalyst, and outlines how using Results Chains help Katalyst resolve measurement issue ofworking through local actors. Markus Kupper, the Director of Katalyst‘s MRM Group, highlights how the Standard can help encourage senior management and donors to commit to results measurement methodologies. The Standard has both given Katalyst more confidence in its results measurement and encouraged reflection on appropriate methodologies. He concludes by highlighting the value of Standard audits.

Click here to view Markus Kupper’s presentation at the DCED Current Trends and Results Seminar in Private Sector Development.

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