Programme Steering

The results framework of the strategy and the SDC Annual Reports will be the main tools for the steering of the strategy. Steering will be operationalised through a monitoring matrix based on the results framework of the strategy. The monitoring matrix will be prepared and agreed in advance for a particular year. It will be reviewed every quarter in order to assess progress towards the achievement of the SCS outcomes.

The annual reports of the projects will constitute the primary source of information for results monitoring and reporting, captured through the "Outcome Monitoring Summary (OMS)" format developed by the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal. The OMS will be complemented by a Fund Flow Analysis (FFA) of every project. The latter will not only help to assess whom the Swiss funds are directly benefitting, but will also allow understanding the power relations created at the local level by Swiss assistance.

Monitoring and reporting of results and learnings will ensure disaggregated data collection, presentation and analysis, including in project and programme steering committees. Semi-annual programme and policy related workshops will be held with implementing partners and external stakeholders at state and local levels. They will contribute importantly to the steering of the programme. Moreover, information from the projects will be triangulated in the field in "real time" by the Embassy’s permanent field staff (GDOs) and through extensive and structured monitoring visits by the Embassy’s National Programme Officers (NPOs). A mid-term review of the strategy will be conducted in 2020.

Systematic risk management will be performed both for specific projects as well as in strategic steering decisions at the level of the overall programme, captured in the SDC Annual Reports for Nepal. Contextual changes and risks will be closely monitored and programme implementation will be adapted according to different scenarios. The latter share the same fields of observations (or "drivers") as the Monitoring System for Development-Relevant Changes (MERV). A MERV will be conducted every 6 months at federal and state levels, which will thereby lead also to a simultaneous review of the SCS scenarios. Disbursements to the projects will be closely monitored and the financial planning will be updated accordingly every quarter of the strategy period. Management results, including the assessment of the multilateral effectiveness of IDA 18, will be monitored and followed-up through a dedicated monitoring matrix.