In 2014, the three African RECs East African Community (EAC), Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and Southern African Development Commission (SADC) jointly finalised a study which proposes overarching guidelines for RECs in the design of their M&E frameworks and systems to ensure convergence towards the strategic goals of the African Economic Commission (AEC).
Among others, the study recommends the following:
- REC strategic plans as well as their monitoring shall reflect and converge towards AU goals (Agenda 2063)
- RECs and AEC should engage regularly to exchange information and build compatibility of their M&E frameworks
A regular peer-exchange between EAC, ECOWAS and SADC on M&E practices will continue in its fourth year with again SADC hosting the sister RECs this year in June in Gaborone, Botswana. In addition, The GIZ Sector Project Trade Policy, Promotion of Trade and Investment has commissioned a study to provide an overview of existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches and systems within regional economic communities (RECs) worldwide.
The study focusses on the framework, structures and instruments of M&E systems within RECs and their practical application and outputs in terms of information for policy makers and the general public public on progress and depth of regional economic integration. The study will be finalized early 2015.