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What is PRiME?

PRiME stands for Program in Rural Monitoring and Evaluation. It constitutes a joint initiative executed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), designed to provide training and certification in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) techniques with a special focus on rural development.


What is IFAD?

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established as an international financial institution in 1977 in response to the food crises affecting sub-Saharan Africa in the early 1970s. IFAD dedicates its resources to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.


What is CLEAR?

The Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) constitute a global M&E capacity development program that brings together academic institutions and donor partners to contribute to the use of evidence in decision-making in developing countries. CLEAR strengthens M&E capacities at local and regional levels, and maintains regional centers in Brazil, East Asia (China), South Asia (India), Latin America and the Caribbean (Mexico), Francophone Africa (Senegal), and Anglophone Africa (South Africa). The CLEAR Global Hub is housed at the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) in Washington DC.


How is PRiME structured?

The inaugural PRiME M&E Fundamentals Training and Certification Program is comprised of two distinct components:

  • M&E Fundamentals Course 1: 5 days, October 9th – 13th, 2017, Rome, Italy
  • M&E Fundamentals Course 2: 5 days, April 9th – 13th, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

The courses will subsequently be held in selected locations (based on participant demand) two times per year.


In what languages is PRiME offered?

All PRiME courses, course materials, evaluations, and website information are offered in English, Spanish and French.


Who is PRiME’s target audience?

PRiME works with government officials and ministries currently engaged with IFAD, improving their knowledge of M&E as a tool for greater impact in the rural sectors managed by these government counterparts. Participants are nominated by their respective governments, based on pre-established criteria. In 2018, PRiME will open its courses to other interested officials, consultants, and partners from affiliated international financial institutions and multilateral development banks.


Who will be teaching PRiME courses?

PRiME courses will be taught by CLEAR staff members, professors at CLEAR host institutions, and CLEAR consultants. PRiME trainers have been selected by the CLEAR regional centers, based on their previous experience teaching M&E courses to both academic and non-academic audiences. Each CLEAR Center has nominated their highest-performing trainers to participate in the PRiME project.


Whom may I contact for more information about PRiME?

For more information about PRiME, please direct all inquiries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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