Navigating uncharted waters: project monitoring at CIDA

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has employed external monitors for many years to assist in measuring the performance of its projects. At first, this role was one of surveillance, with monitors expected to keep a distance from the implementing organizations. Today, in keeping with international trends in monitoring and evaluation, the monitoring role is, in theory, more participatory and improvement-oriented, requiring of monitors a different set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.