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Evaluation involvement of local HIV/AIDS non-governmental organisations in Benin

Maurice T. Agonnoude, François Champagne, Nicole Leduc
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 4, No 1 | a178 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v4i1.178 | © 2016 Maurice T. Agonnoude, François Champagne, Nicole Leduc | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 April 2016 | Published: 30 November 2016

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Maurice T. Agonnoude, National School of Public Health and Epidemiologic Monitoring, (ENATSE) University of Parakou, Benin
François Champagne, Department of Health Administration (DASUM), University of Montreal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM), University of Montreal School of Public Health (ESPUM), Canada
Nicole Leduc, Department of Health Administration (DASUM), University of Montreal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM), University of Montreal School of Public Health (ESPUM), Canada


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Abstract

Background: For some years, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society have become increasingly involved in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. But even though their role is well appreciated, their actions are perceived as ineffective because of a lack of monitoring and evaluation capacity.
Objective: This paper aims to describe local HIV/AIDS NGOs’ involvement in evaluation and the characteristics of this involvement.
Method: Descriptive analysis of data collected in questionnaires completed by 34 NGO executives (one per NGO).
Results: Most NGOs do not have the minimal conditions required for positive and effective involvement in evaluations. In addition, funding agencies’ expectations for evaluations, total human resources as well as experience as NGO are contextual factors that explain most aspects of their involvement in evaluations.
Conclusion: This study provides funding agencies, NGO leaders and all those interested in developing evaluation capacity in these NGOs to understand the extent of the task in this area. They must keep in mind that there is no solution for all, but that solutions must be adapted to the developmental level of each organisation.

Keywords

local NGO; involvement in evaluation; HIV/AIDS; Benin

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