Thursday, October 01, 2009
PUBLICATION & ONLINE RESOURCE: Community Based Monitoring Systems
A new IDRC publication by Celia Reyes and Evan Due, Fighting Poverty with Facts: Community-Based Monitoring Systems, shows how accurate local information can help reduce poverty and improve governance.
This book presents the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). CBMS recognizes that the poor must be involved in planning public programs that affect their well-being. It further recognizes that, to be effective, development programs must be targeted and informed by relevant, current, accurate disaggregated data. To accomplish this, CBMS brings together communities and local authorities to gather and monitor locally obtained, verifiable information about actual living conditions, and to use this information for planning and policy-making.
A variety of resources on community-based poverty monitoring, including the book itself as well as slide presentations, short stories, case studies, and research reports, is available on IDRC’s in_focus website.