Monitoring and Evaluation for the Focus Cities Program in Asia

IDRC's Focus Cities Research Initiative (FCRI) is supporting research teams in nine cities around the world to promote awareness, policy options and best practices for reducing environmental impacts in poor urban and periurban areas. Jakarta, Indonesia, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, have been selected as Focus Cities for Asia. In Jakarta, Mercy Corps International will pilot models of environmentally friendly practices that realize economic benefits. In Colombo, Municipal Council will lead an investigation of the effect of solid waste and sanitation systems on poverty. This project will complement the Focus Cities initiative at the regional level by providing capacity-building in monitoring and evaluation, and at the global level by proposing a set of indicators for comparing and contrasting the performance of the various Focus Cities initiatives.

Past projects have revealed that economic incentives are essential for the sustainability of environmental projects, particularly in urban areas where the poor are more dependent on cash than in rural areas. They have also demonstrated that simple, concrete data on urban poverty alleviation can significantly influence policymakers. The establishment of baseline indicators to measure economic, social and environmental improvements from the start of the project is thus an essential element in achieving success and ensuring policy influence.

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Start Date

Friday, September 1, 2006

End Date

Monday, March 1, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Mitchell, Carrie

Total funding

CA$ 52,200


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Dindo Campilan


International Potato Center

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