Quality management system for independent monitoring under development in DRC

Thanks to its experience in developing quality independent monitoring (IM) processes in Cameroon, the association ‘Forêts et Développement Rural (FODER)’ has been requested to support Congolese project partner organisation ‘Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF)’ in establishing a quality management system for IM in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This quality management system will allow OGF to predict and manage internal and external risks, adapt continuously to changing contexts and stakeholder needs, and strengthen its impact on forest governance through its mandated monitoring role in DRC.

This support for OGF is taking place as part of the CV4C project, carried out with the financial support of the EU and DFID.

Beginning on 6th May 2019, the development of a quality management system for independent monitoring has consisted of clearly defining the framework of support, planning and agreeing on the approach/methodology for the quality system as well as the steps, principles and requirements of the support process itself, including the commitment of management and stakeholders, confidentiality, roles and responsibilities etc.).

During this planning the organisations have had wider discussions to validate the activities with everyone involved. A diagnostic assessment for the implementation of a quality management system has also been carried out and the key people involved in the process have been designated. This first step in the process has been carried out by a team consisting of staff from FODER, CIDT and FLAG.

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