MONITORING AND EVALUATION AS CATALYSTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • AKPOMUVIE ORHIOGHENE BENEDICT Delta State University

Keywords:

Agency theory,Developmentprojects, Evaluation, Monitoring, Performance

Abstract

A multitude of meaning is attached to the concept of development. But whether development is seen as social or economic, the convergence points reached by developmental scholars is that development is a process rather than an outcome, it involves a change from one state to the other, and thus carries a connotation of lasting change. It is in this context, that sustainability becomes important. This study therefore assessed how monitoring and evaluation of performance serve as catalysts to development projects in Nigeria. The research was guided by the Agency Theory which was pioneered by Stephen Ross in 1973 and formalized by Jensen and Meckling in 1976. The study relied extensively on secondary data and findings revealed that monitoring and evaluation are sine-qua-non to producing desirable and effective results in both planning and implementing development programmes/projects. Based on these findings, the study recommended, among others, that monitoring and evaluation should be an integral part of any development process and not as a contingent plan in development planning. In addition, sanctions should be meted out on evaluators and monitors of projects that produce fake evaluation reports; the issuance of fake certificates of completion of projects to contractors as was seen in the NDDC Project Audit of 2019 in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, should be punished

Author Biography

AKPOMUVIE ORHIOGHENE BENEDICT, Delta State University

Delta State University,
Abraka. Delta State, Nigeria.

Published

2020-01-01