Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is the bedrock of effective development and a key capacity of Imani across all our work. Imani works with our clients to design, monitor, evaluate and appraise their projects and initiatives using an evidence based approach to measuring impact. We strive to provide pertinent and insightful evaluations and recommendations to our clients to ensure that their projects continue to benefit the intended recipients in the most effective way possible through delivering meaningful, lasting and targeted outcomes.


Imani designs and implements a variety of MEL related projects for a wide range of clients across multiple sectors, specializing in data collection and management, impact and performance evaluations, organizational learning, baseline and final evaluations, and design of adaptive monitoring systems/frameworks.


Imani’s approach to MEL is in line with the OECD-Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability and informed and guided by best practice and learning in the sector. In addition, Imani ensures that evaluations capture, document and communicate lessons learned, ‘success stories’, and best practices. Based on these findings, recommendations are often made to inform scale up or similar future initiatives.



Featured projects:


JTI/COWI – Design and Roll-out of M&E Framework for Social Programs (2015-Present)

Imani was contracted to develop an M&E framework and manual for JTI’s social programs in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania. Subsequently, Imani spearheaded the roll-out of the framework. This included overseeing evaluation data collection in communities benefiting from JTI’s social programs, provision of technical guidance on the collection of monitoring data to JTI staff in all three countries, and preparation of biannual monitoring reports and annual M&E reports.


IFAW – Baseline and Needs Assessments for Community Interaction with Wildlife (2016)

Imani conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative (1,300 household surveys) research on the human-wildlife conflict at the boundary of targeted national parks in Malawi and Zambia. Results will inform the development of community livelihoods interventions and anti-poaching initiatives towards combatting wildlife crime.


GIZ/WFP - School Meals Programme: Capturing and Disseminating Learning (2016) 

Following the development of the Best Practices Guide for School Feeding Programmes by Imani for GIZ/WFP, Imani was further commissioned to develop a communication paper on key learning and perspective for Malawian school meals programmes with the aim of showcasing Malawi as a leader in thinking through school meal programmes in a complex and poor economy.


Ethical Tea Partnership -  Evaluation of the Village Savings Loan Programme (VSL) (2017)

ETP started a VSL programme in Malawi in 2016, creating 83 groups with just over 1500 participants, to allow tea farmers to access credit, enable savings creation, and encourage engagement in non-tea income generating activities. Imani conducted an evaluation to establish the extent to which ETP was successful in delivering on its objectives and capture participant feedback for future programme delivery.