Exchanging knowledge for better collaboration


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), under the framework of SERVIR-Himalaya, hosted members of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team from the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa from 22nd - 24th September. The visit was organized as part of SERVIR’s hub exchange programme. 

During the three-day programme, M&E team members of two SERVIR hubs shared relevant information about their respective organizations. Farid Ahmad, head of Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation at ICIMOD, gave a presentation on ICIMOD’s impact pathway and M&E systems. Lalu Kadel, ICIMOD’s M&E Analyst, introduced SERVIR-Himalaya’s impact pathway and M&E framework. Alex Rohozynsky, Senior Evaluation Lead from the SERVIR Programme Demand Activity, facilitated training session on evaluation focusing on USAID requirements.  Each presentation was followed by discussion among the team members.  

Representatives from SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa and SERVIR-Himalaya during a science interaction session

Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

Basanta Shrestha, Director for Strategic Cooperation and Regional Coordinator for NASA-SERVIR Himalaya, said that such exchange was important for knowledge sharing, and expressed hope that the ideas exchanged during the visit will help RCMRD in institutionalizing the M&E system. 

“Our time here was very fruitful, we are currently involved in developing monitoring and evaluation for RCMRD,” said Nancy Mutiga, M&E Officer at RCMRD. “Learning about ICIMOD”s impact pathway and M&E systems will help us make it better.”

“It was a great learning experience for both RCMRD and ICIMOD,” said George Arum, also from RCMRD, SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa. Echoing similar thoughts, Lalu Kadel said, “This hub exchange programme allowed us not only to share our experiences in using the impact pathway approach for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, but also to identify areas where we can further learn from each other in the coming days.” 

Besides learning about the M&E systems, the team interacted with the SERVIR-Himalaya science team and gained familiarity with tools and applications developed by ICIMOD under the SERVIR-Himalaya Framework. 

MSR Murthy, ICIMOD’s Geospatial Theme leader and Science Lead for SERVIR-Himalaya, said that such opportunities for knowledge exchange can strengthen both sides. 

The SERVIR initiative, jointly supported by USAID and NASA, integrates science and technology into development programmes. SERVIR-Himalaya is implemented by ICIMOD.