The Assin North District Assembly as the Planning Authority is fully responsible for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects in the district. To be able to undertake these functions effectively, the Assin North District Assembly needs financial and human resources which can be mobilized both within and outside the district. So long as the district is encouraged to look for assistance from NGOs, Central Government and other donor agencies, it is very essential that the district does not undermine its own resource base. The local resource base should be fully assessed and mobilized to improve the Assembly’s financial standing to implement its programmes and projects outlined in the Four-Year-Medium-Term-Development-Plan (2006 - 2009) under the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The Assin North District Assembly has outlined the following institutions and sources as potential for funding the plan.
||World Vision Int.
|HIPC Relief Fund
|DA Internally Generated Fund
|Community Contribution/Participation GOG, Ministries
|Other Local NGOs
It is the hope of the Assin North District Assembly that donors/institutions and other sources mentioned would assist when contacted to ensure smooth implementation of the development programmes and projects so as to enhance the quality of life of the people of Assin north.Monitoring and Evaluation
All planning efforts should be result-oriented and aimed at improving the well-being of the people. Monitoring and evaluation is a means to measure the success of the plan. At the district level, the preparation of monitoring and evaluation procedures is the responsibility of the District Planning Co-ordinating Unit (DPCU), which is responsible for the output. The district sectoral departments are to carry out monitoring and evaluation of projects relating to their departments. The DPCU is however, required to provide an oversight for all district level monitoring and evaluation of projects as well as the monitoring and evaluation of district development policies. The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit (RPCU) shall carry out a genera! overview of all monitoring and evaluation activities in the district. Monitoring Report
Project monitoring measures and records progress of implementation. It focuses on the compliance with the plan and therefore occurs throughout the whole life cycle of the policy and programme. It formally starts when the actual implementation of a project begins. Monitoring therefore is directed at ensuring that the progress of the work is up to standard, and that all inputs (including labour) are on site at the appropriate time, in the right quantities and of the right quality. The monitoring report should be prepared according to the following format, recommended by NDPC.Project Identification
Project Title:, Project Code Number:, Project Location:, Implementing Agency(s):, Monitoring Agency (s):, Date of Monitoring: Programme/Project Implementation Monitoring
Topics for Monitoring:, Starting Date:, Original Estimate
Actual Date:, Activities to Monitor
- Input Delivery i.e. Resources to achieve the objectives and strategies in GPRS.
- Output - provision of goods and services produced by the inputs e.g. school, etc.
- Quality - both input and output.
- Programme/project coverage (extent).
- Target groups - who are the beneficiaries and are they benefiting from the project/programmes.
- Effectiveness - to what extent is the project achieving results.
Thus, compare inputs and output or objective and results. This is
expressed in the form of percentages, i.e., expected results and actual results. The following stakeholders would be involved in the monitoring of projects/programmes in the district.
- Assembly members
- Project staff
- DCE, DCD
- Civil society, NGOs, etc.
Evaluation is a review of project/programme or policy in progress or completed, and of its design, execution and results. Evaluation is done to:
- determine the relevance and attainment of its objectives, the efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of development.
- make choices and decisions
- improve performance
- learn lessons
- increase accountability
At the project level, evaluation is conducted in greater detail. Ex-post factor evaluation is conducted in order to ascertain whether the resources invested have produced or are producing the expected level of outputs and benefits and whether the benefits are reaching the intended target population. The first ex-post factor evaluation should be conducted one year after project completion when the impact of the project should be evident. The evaluation report should be prepared in accordance with the following format recommended by the NDPC.Programme And Project Evaluation Report Project Identification
Project Title:, Project Code;, Project Location:, Implementing Agency:, Evaluation Agency:, Date of Evaluation: The Evaluation would be done using the objectively verifiable indicators in the logical framework analysis.Post Implementation Monitoring
The District Assembly through its District Planning Co-ordinating Unit (DPCU) and sectoral Departments will undertake post implementation monitoring to enhance maintenance and sustainability of the developed programmes and projects.Conclusion
The Three-Year Medium Term Development Plan (2002 - 2009) of the Assin north District Assembly will require massive and heavy investment to provide the inputs to the development needs of the district. This plan document is the output of a series of technical community interface between the Assembly and the District Taskforce. The report represents the Development Plan for the district for the period 2006- 2009. It is recommended that the District Assembly takes the necessary steps to get the plan implemented by involving all the stakeholders including the community, NGOs, identified groups, Assembly members and the sub-committees of the District Assembly. This is necessary because the plan document provides a framework within which development can take place within the district as well as a basis for such development. The challenge ahead of the Assin North District Assembly is to be able to mobilize required funding to facilitate the implementation of the plan and projects to improve the living conditions of its people.