Women’s Interest Officers Learn Monitoring Skill
The women’s interest officers at the Ministry of Women have learned monitoring and evaluation skills.
This was possible through the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to strengthen the department’s capacity in programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
This training programme is part of Australia’s commitment to advance gender equality in the Pacific region, including Fiji.
Through Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women), Australia is assisting Fiji to address gender equality as an important development priority.
The ministry recently organised two workshops called, ‘Enhancement of Monitoring and Evaluation.’ The second series of workshop was held in Suva last week and it’s supported by DFAT through providing a Monitoring and Evaluation Technical expert.
Dr Keren Winterford, who co-ordinated the workshop, is a research principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology in Australia.
She said the new skills learned through the workshop would enable the officers to effectively carry out their roles.
Minister for Women Rosy Akbar has thanked the Australian government for its continued support in the area of gender development.
“One of the department’s key roles is to support gender mainstreaming across Government services, through inclusion of gender analysis in Government policies, plans, budgeting, including monitoring and evaluation,” she said.
Ms Akbar said monitoring and evaluation within the department and across Government was one of core strategy objectives in the implementation of Fiji’s National Gender Policy.
The three key support areas which (DFAT) aims to provide to the ministry through partnership will be as follows:
Three key support areas
•Work with the Department of Women, to establish a baseline of M&E including the development of recommended strategies to address these needs;
•Support the Department of Women to increase effectiveness of its programmes through the enhancement of the existing M&E framework including the development and utilisation of gender analysis tools and gender sensitive indicators;
•Provide technical assistance to the Department of Women by supporting existing staff through training and mentoring on developed monitoring and evaluation tools.
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation