Ecorys led a 4-year, €11m programme of Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) of external assistance projects and programmes on behalf of the EuropeAid Co-operation Office of the European Commission in Asia and Central Asia.
The purpose of ROM was to provide the EC with clear, objective, consistent and user-friendly information on assistance projects under implementation or shortly after completion. A standardized methodology was used to both ensure methodological rigour and to safeguard comparability with ROM exercises in other regions.
In South and South-East Asia, a mission-based system was organised whereby Ecorys mobilised teams of international and local experts to monitor projects selected by the EC Delegations. These projects were typically spread across a diverse range of sectors (in line with the relevant EC Country Strategy Paper) and included support to a wide range of government and civil society actors.
The following countries were covered by at least one annual ROM mission: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. In Central Asia, we had a network of local offices in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan staffed by local monitors who were supported by a resident expatriate Regional Team Leader and international monitors.
In addition to the monitoring of regular projects, we also monitored the EC’s Sector Policy Support Programmes (SPSPs) in a number of different countries. We also contributed to the development of monitoring and evaluation capacity within the countries in which we worked through the organisation of capacity-building seminars.