The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is focused on securing the quality of products manufactured for trade in Nigeria and helping strengthen the country’s standards and quality control bodies. The National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP) is funded by the EU and implemented by UNIDO in coordination with the Federal Government of Nigeria. The project purpose is to improve quality, safety, integrity and marketability of Nigerian goods and services and remove technical barriers to trade.
During the inception phase, it was recommended that the NQIP logframe be fine-tuned and updated based on inputs from key stakeholders. In May 2014 CIDT staff Patt Flett and Philip Dearden supported the programme through facilitating training in the logical framework approach for 30 project stakeholders.
In December 2015 CIDT was again invited to support the project through a workshop on the basic principles, practice and terminology of monitoring, review, evaluation and lesson-learning. By the end of M&E training, facilitated by Patt Flett and Ella Haruna, participants could:
- Appreciate the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation in project implement
- Articulate a range of key M&E terms and concepts
- Identify roles and responsibilities for Monitoring and Evaluation of a project and specifically NQIP.
- Orient themselves and others to the NQIP Logical Framework (the starting point for project data collection)
Most significantly, participants were oriented towards the need for projects to establish an M&E Framework as a tool to support effective project monitoring, implementation and results.
The workshop was successful in building the M&E understanding of a range of stakeholders from the regulatory, private and consumer protection sector. Present at the workshop were 60 representatives of key project stakeholders, including the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Weights and Measures Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Conformity Assessment Bodies (including private CABs), organized private sector (NACCIMA, MAN, NASME, etc.), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Consumers Protection Council (CPC) and Consumer Associations.
Participants engaged very actively in the task-based approach used throughout the workshop.
NQIP’s five project outcomes that will support achievement of its goals include:
- A National Quality Policy (NQP) is promulgated and ensuing legislation for the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) is improved.
- A National Accreditation Body (NAB) is established in coherence with the West African accreditation system and is internationally recognized.
- A National Metrology Institute (NMI) is developed to ensure calibration of instruments and traceability of measurement to international standards.
- Improved capacity of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to create and/or support Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs).
- Improved capacity of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to raise awareness and promote quality for better consumer protection
Reflecting the topical nature of M&E for Nigeria’s national development; the facilitators, NQIP staff and a number of workshop participants were invited to take part in a televised panel discussion. Bridges is a Television talk show on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), hosted by Moji Makanjuola, and this episode will be screened in the new year – watch this space!
The workshop evaluation showed that:
- 38/39 participants would recommend this training to other organization – 30 would strongly recommend it.
- 38/39 participant are confident to apply the knowledge learned in their jobs – 24 are strongly confident.
- 38/39 participants are familiar with the NQIP Logical Framework – 20 strongly familiar. 38/39 participants felt that the workshop has clarified the use of the Logical Framework in M & E.
- 38/39 participants felt that they can explain key terminology in M & E as a result of the workshop.
The workshop feedback showed that participants really appreciated the participatory group work and task-based approach of the workshop, the “problem-solving” and “teamwork and interaction with the other persons”. Participants liked the case studies and scenarios given by the trainers and in terms of key learning points, participants highlighted a variety of aspects including: milestones; reporting, importance of M&E, design of M&E Frameworks, QQT, audit vs M&E, definitions, scope & examples; and the continuous nature of monitoring.