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Field-Based Monitoring Strategies for HDP Coherence

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Save the Children/Mali
8:00am - 9:30am ET

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Taking context and trends such as conflict, displacement, and climate change into consideration is critical to prompt humanitarian response when a shock occurs. This session focused on collecting data from context monitoring, resilience monitoring, conflict monitoring, and other field-based monitoring systems. How do we link field-based monitoring to a more nimble, adaptive management approach that supports humanitarian, development, and peace-related programming?

In this panel, participants learned from Mercy Corps’ humanitarian analysis team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) resilience monitoring team in Ethiopia about how each agency reports and uses the data to inform programming in their context. This session was moderated by Nancy Mock, DrPH Associate Professor at Tulane University. Speakers included:

  • Andrea Barboza, Crisis Analytics Lead Analyst, Mercy Corps, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • Gregory Makabila, Deputy Chief of Party (MEAL) – Resilience Food Security Activity (Ifaa), Catholic Relief Services, Ethiopia

This event was part of the thematic area: Data for Decision-Making in HDP Coherence

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Speaker Bios:

Nancy Mock Profile PhotoNancy Mock, DrPH is an international development professional with nearly 40 years of professional experience in more than 30 countries. She has established a number of programs within and outside Tulane University in the areas of disaster resilience leadership studies, food security/nutrition, international health, and post Katrina recovery. She is a member of the Interagency Technical Working Group on Resilience measurement and designed major innovative initiatives in early warning, monitoring and evaluation including the Famine Early Warning System (now FEWSNET) and the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART). She serves as a senior consultant for the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and numerous non-governmental organizations. Her current research interests are in the area of disaster resilience, food security and nutrition in humanitarian contexts, linkages between relief and development interventions and information systems. Read Dr. Mock's full bio here.

Andrea Barboza profile pictureAndrea Barboza is Mercy Corps' Crisis Analytics Lead Analyst in DRC. She has over 4 years of experience in the non-profit, international development, and research sector, implementing organization wide learning agendas, developing research tools and information systems to support effective humanitarian and development programming. Most recently, she developed a context monitoring methodology for a USAID-funded development program providing access to water systems (SWASSA) in North and South Kivu. Andrea's sectorial experience includes working in the areas of transforming violent extremism, peacebuilding, and human mobility. She studied Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, with a focus on humanitarian negotiations, at the Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs. 

Greg Makabila PhotoGregory Makabila has over 14 years’ experience in designing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems across Africa. Greg works for Catholic Relief Services since 2012 where he has served in various roles at projects, country program, and in the East Africa region. Currently he is MEAL Deputy Chief of Party for Ethiopia’s BHA Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) and has led design and execution of a learning-centered MEAL system that proved invaluable during Covid-19 pandemic. Greg holds PhD in business administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.