The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs (MGCAS) of Mozambique officially launched its national monitoring and evaluation system, SI-M&A. The system is now functional in 30 sites nationwide and providing timely data for the sector for the first time. The data is currently presented and visualized in the form of periodic bulletins, dashboard, geographic representation (GIS) and summarized data reports based on preliminary data analyses. The development and implementation of SI-M&A was carried out with technical assistance from Jembi/UEM-mOASIS and financial support from USAID.
Maputo, Mozambique – January 2018 – The National M&E system of MGCAS, SI-M&A, is now operational in 30 sites throughout Mozambique, including 1 Provincial and District Office per province, 1 Provincial Office and all District Offices for Maputo Province (8), and at the central level. After 1 year of system use, the Ministry decided that the system was sufficiently mature to be publicly presented to the entire country as well as interested parties. In this reasoning, the MGCAS organized a launch ceremony where high level staff from the Ministry, USAID, Jembi/UEM-mOASIS, system users from different levels, and guests had the opportunity to celebrate the innovation. This was also an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on the way forward, including further expansion of the system nationwide to 140+ districts, continuous data discussions, data quality, information sharing, and use of data as well as the dissemination of sectorial information based on SI-M&A data.
The launch provided a brief presentation of the project, a technical demonstration of the use of the system, as well as an exhibition of all the material pertaining the system, including forms, books, manuals, brochures, data bulletins, and reports.
The event was specifically aimed at: 1) Informing MGCAS managers and all actors in the sector at different levels on the adoption of SI-M&A as the official system for the sector; 2) publicly announce the existence of SI-M&A to the country, civil society and all interested parties and ensure greater involvement of all stakeholders in the use of the system and data to improve monitoring and decision-making of the sector at all levels.
The launch ceremony was attended by leaders and representatives from: MGCAS, National Institute of Social Action, USAID, Jembi/UEM-mOASIS, UNICEF, MISAU, MINT, System users at district, provincial, and national levels, Community-based organizations, and national radio, newspaper and television press. The MGCAS demonstrated much satisfaction for the existence of a new innovative approach to monitor the latest developments and trends in the social sector and referred to the system as a “baby that needs to be constantly nurtured by its parents in order to turn it into a robust providing timely, useful and credible national information for decision-making and planning”. Last, the Ministry thanked Jembi/UEM-mOASIS and USAID for the support in helping the MGCAS turn the aspiration of such an information system into a reality and invited these stakeholders to further its assistance for future expansion and capacity building in order to guarantee long term sustainability over the system by the Ministry.