Monitoring and Evaluation in Insecure Environments

In contexts where humanitarian organisations and communities are exposed to high insecurity, it is extremely challenging not only to deliver assistance, but also to assess its reach and effectiveness. The challenges of insecurity hamper every aspect of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), from the collection of evidence, its interpretation, to the sharing and dissemination of findings and M&E information.

GPPi leads research on accountability and learning as part of the Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) research programme. Since 2014, we have analysed different strategies for monitoring aid in collaboration with 18 partner aid organisations in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and South Sudan. Our research included over 250 interviews, 65 focus group discussions, a review of over 300 M&E documents and an online survey.

This interim website lists emerging findings and updates from our work. A summary of findings from our research on monitoring can be downloaded below.

Accountability and Learning in Volatile Environments (Briefing Note)

For more information, please also visit the SAVE webpage and download the briefing note summarising the main findings from the overall SAVE research programme.


Technologies for monitoring in insecure environments

Operating in insecure environments is one of the more critical tests for the humanitarian community. Yet several new approaches come from highly insecure environments. In these settings, technologies like mobile phones, radios, Internet platforms and GPS trackers are sometimes the only way to send and receive vital information, or track the movement of goods.

The Use of Third-Party Monitoring in Insecure Contexts: Lessons from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria (Report)

This report describes the main findings and recommendations of our research on Third-Party Monitoring (TPM), based on interviews with commissioning agencies, TPM providers and donors as well as a review of literature. A two-page summary can be downloaded here.

The Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism of the Common Humanitarian Fund in South Sudan: Good Practice in Building Partner Capacities (Report)


Specialists working with the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in South Sudan help partners design their M&E systems, provide mentoring and hands-on advice, and verify partner reports. In this case study from South Sudan, we analyse the role and functioning of the CHF’s monitoring and reporting mechanism.

Monitoring and Evaluation in Insecure Contexts: Back to Basics

This briefing note summarises the general conclusions of a data tracking exercise implemented by the SAVE research team in Somalia. The exercise was conducted to identify unnecessary complexity and potentially redundant data collection in aid monitoring in insecure environments.

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