In measurement we trust?

KM on a dollar a day

I’ve been reading with interest Bill Gates “Annual letter” on why measurement matters in aid and development – and finding myself both nodding and shaking my head at the same time.

Of course there is a lot to be said for better measurement in development work. A few of the important reasons why we should care more about measurement include:

1. Accountability – donors, (and beneficiaries) are increasingly demanding to know where the aid money is going and what is being achieved with it – and greater transparency and accountability makes it easier to see how aid agencies are doing, to compare them and to invest wisely. It also creates powerful disincentives against poor management and corruption (hey you! – you know we can see what you are doing – right?)

2. Knowing how you are doing – If you have a clear plan in place with identified outcomes and…

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