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The Somalia Cash and Voucher Monitoring Group

The Somalia Cash and Voucher Monitoring Group members worked together to monitor various cash and voucher interventions implemented in south central Somalia (September 2011 – February 2012). 

The specific objectives of the M&E exercise were defined as follows:

  1. To monitor the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the cash and voucher distribution systems;
    1. To determine the cost, speed and management efficiency with which inputs and activities are converted into results (i.e. whether project is accountable to donors);
    2. To determine whether the implementing partners adhered to the agreed targeting criteria and the level of beneficiary participation in the targeting process (i.e. whether implementing partners are accountable to themselves and to beneficiaries);
    3. To assess the effectiveness of the community feedback mechanism and how the implementing agencies respond to comments received (i.e. whether project is accountable to beneficiaries);
    4. To substantiate as far as possible any reported claims of diversion of cash or food vouchers due to taxation, targeting inclusion, etc.
  2. To monitor the impacts of the cash and voucher distribution on local markets and participating traders;
  3. To monitor beneficiary spending patterns (for cash) and the impacts of the cash and voucher distribution on nutrition and displacement / return;
  4. To provide regular feedback to the consortium partners and their donors on the M&E findings; and
  5. To document and make publicly accessible the lessons emerging from the cash and voucher distribution project, particularly lessons regarding the scaling up of such interventions.

The detailed M&E Plan and the various data collection tools are available to download on the right column. Any reference to these documents should be cited as ‘Somalia Cash and Voucher Monitoring Group, 2011’.

M&E Plan and data collection tools