Early history of M&E Cell
- M&E Cell was established in 1985
- Total Development Outlay in 1985 was Rs. 1.533 billion
- Total Development Outlay in 2009-10: Rs. 90 billion
- Total strength of Cell in 1985: 29 including 8 officers
- Total strength of the Cell in 2009 was same as in 1985
To strengthen the monitoring, Sindh Cabinet in its meeting held on 16-June-2008 decided that
- “In order to improve the quality of construction, monitoring of projects by the Planning & Development Department and concerned Administrative Departments is an important requirement. However, in order to seek un-biased reports, Third Party Monitoring (TPM) of the projects has become very necessary. As such 1% funds out of the development schemes may be placed with the Planning & Development for Third Party Monitoring”
- Under ADB funded programme “The Sindh Growth & Rural Revitalization Programme (SGRRP)”, one of the loan covenants is “to improve the monitoring and evaluation cell/system in P&D department of GOS by Strengthening the MEC”
- In order to ensure quality & transparency in public works and to fulfill the above conditions, a scheme namely “Strengthening of Monitoring & Evaluation Cell P&D including out sourcing for third party monitoring” was approved by PDWP in December, 2008 with the following objectives:
- Program monitoring & evaluation would become an important input for Government’s decision-making and prioritization, particularly in the budget process.
- Regular monitoring & evaluation would bring forward performance of ongoing activities at service centre, at the project, program, sector and unit level. These can thus act as a management tool leading to learning and improvement in future.
- Evaluation based on scientific monitoring would contribute to accountability mechanism, whereby executing agencies can be held accountable for performance of their activities.