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There is growing demand on technocrats who handle development programmes and projects to come up with more efficient ways of: steering the processes involved in the planning, implementation and management of development interventions; identifying and addressing problems that crop up before, during and after implementation of such interventions; assessing the outcomes and impacts of programmes and projects; and providing useful and timely information for policy makers. These trends have culminated in a steady shift towards specialization and the emergence of new fields of training to tackle various aspects of development interventions, including project management, monitoring and evaluation, procurement management, risk management, among others. In recent times, the government, development partners and development-oriented Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are increasingly putting emphasis on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as part of their quest for efficiency in the formulation, implementation and management of their policies, programmes and projects. The programme is designed to equip students with the techniques and skills needed to approach monitoring and evaluation not as stand-alone management functions but as integral parts of the development planning process both in academia and policy-oriented research.