This session will introduce participants to new methodological opportunities for improving M&E frameworks towards a participatory and systemic learning practice. A range of innovative participatory methods will be shared, including systemic, visual and narrative methods. The session will enable participants to reflect on MEL design and application of methods to learn about how change happens starting with the lived experiences of those engaged directly in the change processes.
Steff Deprez, for over 20 years, Steff has supported international development programmes at national, regional and global levels in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, including long-term assignments in Zimbabwe (VVOB), Indonesia (Rikolto Indonesia) and Belgium (Rikolto International). Her work has centered around providing technical and strategic guidance to organisations for the design of learning-oriented M&E systems for social change and sustainable development initiatives, particularly in the areas of education, value chain development, inclusive business, gender equality and women and youth empowerment.
Marina Apgar, a human ecologist with 20 years experience working directly with marginalised communities in international development across the research-practice divide supporting locally defined development pathways. She has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Latin America, and collaborated with the Guna people of Panama during her doctoral research that focused on the social and cultural processes that support adaptive capacity for endogenous development of their biocultural territory. Throughout her work, Marina uses a systems approach to participatory action research and is passionate about understanding and facilitating the creative space between research processes and development outcomes through engaging in complex adaptive systems to support emergence.