The Ministry of Development and Economic Planning (MoDEP) was created as a separate Ministry as far back as in the 1960’s. One of the major functions of MoDEP was to formulate the National development programmes of the country.
The first 5 Years plan was formulated in 1974/75 which was not fully implemented. The second and last 5 year National Development Plan was formulated in 1978/79. After the second National Development Plan, the Ministry embarked on a three year rolling plan until the outbreak of the Civil war. The three year rolling planning continued until after the Civil war in 2002 when the Government’s post conflict recovery strategy was initially guided by the National Recovery Strategy (NRS 2001-2003) designed to commence the recovery process.
The New Direction Government recognises that a well-organized, well-coordinated, independent and objective government-wide Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system is at the centre of sound governance and evidence-based policy making, budget decisions, management and accountability. In October 2018, His Excellency the President appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a proposed National Monitoring and Evaluation Agency (NaMEA).
In the absence of effective monitoring and evaluation system, developing countries have shown that public sector projects/programmes including external donor funded projects are inefficiently managed with little or no results sometimes leading to incompletion, suspension or cancellation of projects.