Beneficiary exchange

This option involves facilitating a discussion of the findings amongst the beneficiaries of a project to provide feedback on the evaluation findings.


An example of beneficiary, community and government stakeholder-led monitoring through new structures in Beida, Darfur.

Tearfund implements a humanitarian programme in Darfur. Between August 2009 and 2011, a remotely managed project was implemented in Beida (West Darfur). Alongside twice-weekly visits by project staff (based outside the project location at Geneina) to monitor project progress, technical quality and impact, various beneficiary, community and government-led monitoring structures were put in place as follows:

Village supervisory committees comprising staff, village leadership, sub-contractors and village-based organisations, who were selected to report on concerns in project implementation and community mobilisation

A multi-purpose review (evaluation) team was constituted with representatives from the government of Sudan, as well as local NGO partners to periodically assess projects

Beneficiary exchange visits were implemented between different Project Implementation Areas (PIA's) to help communities share and exchange notes on project implementation and quality

Quality standards oversight committees were established, comprising host communities and beneficiaries. Their focus was to review and ensure project quality and to feedback any concerns or issues to project staff (during twice-weekly visits to PIA's).

- Representative of Tearfund’s humanitarian programme in Darfur, Sudan

Source: Norman (2012)


Norman, B. Tearfund, (2012). Monitoring and accountability practices for remotely managed projects implemented in volatile operating environments. Retrieved from website:

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