It is understood that stakeholders participation, controlling methods and monitoring & evaluation are the back bones of NGO’s sustainability.
To ensure that a project is sustainable, we follow a strategy in which the primary and secondary stakeholders participate as a group. ECD has created a framework and enabled the infrastructure for volunteers to perform this task with ease.
MONITORING & EVALUATION
Our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system is designed to address the sustainability of our projects with a variety of tools, including:
Program monitoring through routine reporting systems specific to each program component,
Program evaluation through periodic (baseline and final) surveys and midterm activity joint review in collaboration with donor agency,
Operational research using relatively inexpensive rapid assessment methods to address specific implementation concerns as they are identified and
An external impact evaluation plan for the final year of the
It is important for ECD to integrate the information from the M&E system into a systematic management plan. ECD will use the information derived from the M&E system on an on-going basis as an important component determinant of program impact and to identify logistical bottlenecks, flaws in program design, and other potential problems. Through the system, it is possible to report measureable, reliable and consistent outputs on timely basis which is one of the important factors in project sustainability.
ECD has different controlling methods to carry out proper financial management for projects. The organization has a qualified finance manager and certified external auditors assigned by Charities and Societies Agency (ChSA) of Ethiopia. It submits planned performance and audited financial and non-financial reports at regular basis to primary stakeholders. Its Board Directors, volunteers and general assembly evaluate project activities in reference to the reports and monitoring methodology highlighted. To sum up, in relation to the grant utilization, our organization strictly follows the 30/70% RULE& GUIDE NO.2/2003 to divide its expenditure between administrative 30% & operational 70%.