Community Based Monitoring System


The Community–Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network is part of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada through its Globalization, Growth and Poverty (GGP) Initiative, and by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Launched in 2002, the CBMS network generally aims to assist its members develop, refine, and institutionalize community–based monitoring systems in developing countries, and to promote CBMS knowledge and initiatives internationally. Furthermore, the Network promotes evidence-based policymaking, program design, and implementation while empowering local communities who participate in the process.

CBMS Country Projects and Partners

The Network has facilitated the development and implementation of CBMS in about 20 countries covering Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam in Asia; Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia in Africa, and Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru in Latin America.  Over the years of its operation, the Network’s research partners for development, pilot test and scaling up of CBMS work in these countries include:

Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia

The Network had also supported the dissemination of related CBMS initiatives under other IDRC national projects in Senegal, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Rationale for CBMS Work

CBMS is one of the tools developed in the early 1990s to provide policymakers and program implementers with a good information base for tracking the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks. It is an organized way of collecting information at the local level for use of local government units, national government agencies, non–government organizations, civil society, and development partner agencies for planning, program implementation, and monitoring.

CBMS attempts to build and strengthen the capacity of planners and program implementers at the national and local levels for an improved and more transparent system of resource allocation and governance. A major objective of CBMS is to assist in poverty reduction. In so doing, other corollary benefits are achieved like building the capacities of local government units, increasing gender equity, and eliciting early warning signs of crisis.

Due to the growing number of countries that implement and intend to implement the CBMS, a regional coordinating body tasked to facilitate the development and utilization of the CBMS for policymaking and governance was created. This coordinating body is now known as the CBMS Network.

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