Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning in Peacebuilding Practice

from Coalition for Peace in Africa
Registration deadline: 07 Dec 2017 Training date: 11 Dec 2017 to 15 Dec 2017 More Information


Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) is an integral part of every intervention. When systematically done, MERL makes it easy to articulate a project’s theory of change and to determine if envisaged results are being achieved. It also enables programme staff to draw lessons from what is working and recommend appropriate measures for what is not working. Though MERL is beneficial, many organizations and project staffs shy away from it because many see it as technical in nature, others find it time consuming and yet others fear negative appraisals. In spite of this, it is important for project staff to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that would in turn allow them to effectively engage in MERL for the growth of their projects and their organizations.

Course objectives

  1. Introduce participants to MERL from a peacebuilding perspective

  2. Enhance participants understanding of the various contextual tools of analysis applied in MERL in the peacebuilding practice

  3. Build participants understanding of a project’s Theory of Change

  4. Enhance participants’ skills in developing an evaluation and a learning agenda for their Peacebuilding projects

The Course Content

1. Introduction to monitoring and evaluation for conflict prevention and peacebuilding: In this session, participants will be introduced to MERL from the peacebuilding practice including an understanding of the different criteria that is used to assess the effectiveness of a peacebuilding project.

2. Contextual analysis tools: This session will introduce participants to the different contextual analysis tools used in MERL.

3. Developing effective monitoring tools for conflict prevention and peacebuilding: In this section, participants will be taken through the process of developing an MERL plan for their specific projects. The session will focus on creating a common understanding of what an MERL plan is, what it is used for, who is involved in its designing, the most appropriate time for its designing and who it is used on

4. Developing a Theory of Change: the session will focus on understanding what a Theory of change is, how it is developed, its relationship to the project cycle and who really should be involved in its designing. This session will enable participants broaden their knowledge of the project cycle and the logical linkages from one stage to the other. The session will examine how proposed project activities lead to the desired social change. At the end of the session, participants should be able to identify and expound on the various theories of change that inform their projects.

5. Evaluation and developing a learning agenda: The session will take participants through the concept of evaluation and its importance and applicability in projects, the different types of evaluation and audiences will also be discussed including how to develop an evaluation schedule for a project. At the end of the session, participants should be able to develop an evaluation schedule for their projects and to identify some learning agenda questions for their projects. Training centre

The training will be held at the Convent International Guest House located in Nairobi’s Convent Drive, off James Gichuru Road in Lavington. It is about 10 Kms from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Other Costs

For those who would like airport pickup and drop off at the start and end of the training, this will be provided by COPA at no extra charges.

Important Information for International Participants

  1. A Yellow Fever Certificate will be required

  2. Unless where otherwise advised by COPA, visas are issued upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at a cost of $50.

Fee information:
Tuition and Fees For those planning on arranging their own accommodation outside the training centre, the fee is $800. This amount covers tuition, day meals and drinks during the training period, training resources and a certificate of participation. Boarding and meals For those planning on being accommodated at the training centre, accommodation charges are $500. This amount is inclusive of bed charges and all other meals starting from the evening of Sunday 10th December to Saturday 16th December @1000hours. Payment methods All payments should be done by either cheque (for those based in Kenya) payable to the Coalition for Peace in Africa or by direct bank transfers-for those outside of Kenya (please ask for banking details).
How to register:

Application process

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Filled in applications should be sent to COPA by email. All received applications will be acknowledged and if successful a corresponding letter of admission and other necessary documentations will be sent to the applicant. Please send your completed application to or

For more information, you can contact:

Coalition for Peace in Africa (COPA)

P.O Box 61753-00200 City Square, Nairobi, Kenya

Tele: +254 020 3866686

Mobile: +254 721 40 80 98