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Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network is part of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada through its Globalization, Growth and Poverty (GGP) Initiative, and by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Launched in 2002, the CBMS network generally aims to assist its members develop, refine and institutionalize community–based monitoring systems in developing countries, and to promote CBMS knowledge and initiatives internationally. Furthermore, the Network promotes evidence-based policymaking, program design and implementation while empowering local communities to participate in the process.

To date, the Network has facilitated the development and implementation of CBMS in about 12 countries covering Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam in Asia, and Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Over the years of its operation, the Network’s research partners for the development, pilot test and scaling up of CBMS work in these countries include:

  • African Institute for Health and Development (Kenya)
  • Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (Philippines)
  • Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (Bangladesh)
  • Cellule d'Analyse de Politique Economique (Benin)
  • Centre for Policy Analysis (Ghana)
  • Dodoma Municipal Council (Tanzania)
  • Cambodia Development Research Institute (Cambodia)
  • National Institute of Statistics (Cambodia)
  • National Statistics Center, Ministry of Planning (Lao PDR)
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (Pakistan)
  • SMERU Research Institute (Indonesia)
  • Socio-Economic Development Centre (Vietnam)
  • Zambia Research Development Centre (Zambia)

Moreover, the Network had also supported the dissemination of related CBMS initiatives under other IDRC national projectsin Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.


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