The CLEAR Initiative

The CLEAR Initiative, created in 2010, is a global Monitoring & Evaluation capacity development program that brings together academic institutions and donor partners to contribute to the use of evidence in decision making in developing countries. CLEAR strengthens M&E capacities at the local and regional levels – but its network design, with multiple centers, offers an opportunity for “the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts.

CLEAR has set up six regional housed in academic institutions, which have the mandate to deliver and to help replicate effective M&E capacity development services. They offer a menu of services to strategic partners and clients in their regions, including government, civil society, the private sector, and other M&E capacity building providers. The services include technical assistance to build client M&E systems, knowledge and research services, and training courses. The centers work at all three levels of capacity building for M&E – enabling environment, organizational, and individual.

CLEAR’s Global Hub, housed within the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), anchors the overall program. It provides funding, strategic, and other direct support to the regional centers, supporting their performance, and promotes cross-center learning and learning for the wider M&E community.

CLEAR donors include the multilateral development Banks (Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank), the Rockefeller Foundation and bilateral donors (Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). They provide both funds and strategic guidance as part of their involvement in the governance bodies.