ALINe designs and implements innovative, robust and user-friendly Monitoring Learning and Evaluation systems. The results build an increased capacity for evidence-based learning and impact across a global network of partnerships in the agricultural sector. ALINe draws on and develops the best technical expertise from the North and South. The initiative was conceived at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and in 2012 the core team spun out to join the strategy consulting company Firetail Limited complementing their work with a dedicated new practice stream. ALINe is committed to building the capacities of individuals and institutions to make better and smarter choices so that they are empowered to make a difference in their contexts and communities. Firetail brings together the analytical capabilities of the private sector with the values of civil society and social impact. ALINe has a network of partners with extensive, proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning in multiple countries with knowledge of the local context and technical expertise in implementation. In collaboration with its network of partners, ALINe works with a number of intermediaries, (INGOs, NGOs, multilaterals, government agencies, private sector and farmer organizations). Our clients are supported to use effective monitoring and evaluation strategies; plans that support evidence based decision-making and underpin improvements in their learning processes. A core competency is ALINe’s unique role in developing opportunities to include Voice in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEE) by bringing stakeholders and farmers closer together to balance their perspectives and enable a focus on people-centred performance and impacts in the sector. ALINe’s approach recognises the interconnectedness of donors, implementers, and beneficiaries such as farmers. It identifies and generates evidence that is of value to all stakeholders. The ALINe approach is deliberate in seeking to build mutual accountabilities and create new tools and approaches for others to adopt. Working hand in hand with implementers and funders, ALINe and its network of partners believes that embedding the resulting data in performance management systems can drive significant improvement and results, particularly for smallholder farmers in the South.
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