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Salanga has been partnering with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and ADRA Canada to innovate on Community-Led Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (CoLMEAL). We have been piloting this approach in countries in Africa and Asia, including fragile and vulnerable contexts, by building the capacity of community change agents to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own theories of change to achieve sustainable changes in well-being.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #16 calls for building participatory, effective, accountable institutions “at all levels”. In order to ensure the SDGs are sustainable, the people who are most affected by their community’s development should be drivers of their change. Thus any information gathered should first be owned and used by those who are impacted the most. New ways of working are needed to support the decolonization of development, including monitoring and evaluation. Frameworks and tools that support true participation, grassroots innovation, and empowerment of vulnerable communities will help to catalyze this process.
Elaine Stavnitzky is a Program & CoLMEAL Advisor at Salanga. She is passionate about CoLMEAL and has been instrumental in the development of the CoLMEAL approach. She is an experienced leader, having implemented a wide range of complex strategic, programmatic and quality assurance processes to support leadership, staff, communities and children in international development and humanitarian aid programs since 2002. The nexus of her passion, skills, and value is in empowering communities to understand and monitor the change they seek to actualize. She is ever ready to apply her energy and enthusiasm to support organizations in strengthening systems that ensure people have right-sized information to trigger change making decisions. She loves experiencing with others the “a-ha” moment that tips the balance for transformation at the individual, community and/or systems level.
Analynn Bruce is the Development Program Director at ADRA Canada and has spearheaded the piloting and integration of CoLMEAL in ADRA’s GAC-funded projects in Africa and Asia.
Jakub Nemec is the founder of Salanga and passionate about supporting organizations to shift the power dynamic in MEAL and empower communities with the tools to measure success on their own terms.