Factors Affecting Development of Gender-Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Humanitarian NGOs in Uganda

A Case of IRC Uganda

  • Grace William Maiso Uganda Management Institute
  • Dr. David Ssekamatte Uganda Management Institute
  • Prof. Rose B. Namara Uganda Management Institute
Keywords: Gender-sensitive M&E systems, Organizational Factors, Programme Factors, Humanitarian NGOs


This study sought to examine factors that affect the development of gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation systems in humanitarian NGOs in Uganda. The study assessed the effect of organizational and programme factors. The organizational factors assessed include organizational structure, organizational culture and leadership while the programme factors were staff gender competences, project methods and tools, programme context and how these affect the development of gender-sensitive M&E systems in a humanitarian NGO in Uganda. Using a cross-sectional survey design and quantitative methods of data collection with a sample of 147 respondents, the study found that organizational factors had a negative and insignificant effect on gender-sensitive M&E systems while programme factors had a strong and significant effect on the development of gender-sensitive M&E systems. Therefore, programme factors were a strong predictor of gender mainstreaming in M&E and organizational factors were not. The study recommends skills training in gender mainstreaming to programme staff, while investments in organizational change management may be necessary in the long term.