The Program in Rural Monitoring and Evaluation (PRiME) is a joint initiative by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR).

PRiME is administered at the CLEAR center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CLEAR LAC), which is based at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established as an international financial institution in 1977 dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.

The Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) constitute a global M&E capacity development program that brings together academic institutions and donor partners to promote the use of evidence in decision-making in developing countries. CLEAR strengthens M&E capacities at local and regional levels, and maintains regional centers in Brazil, East Asia (China), South Asia (India), Latin America and the Caribbean (Mexico), Francophone Africa (Senegal), and Anglophone Africa (South Africa). The CLEAR Global Hub is housed at the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) in Washington DC.

Currently, PRiME offers two training programs: Fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), which comprises two one-week face-to-face courses (Fundamentals of M&E 1 and Fundamentals of M&E 2) and Impact Evaluation, a one-week course.

In line with the objectives of the program, PRiME is working to develop and deliver additional courses in monitoring and evaluation for the rural development sector.

PRiME courses are open to all professionals interested in learning or honing their skills in project monitoring and evaluation. The trainings have been catered for rural development practitioners, but teachings can be easily applied to any sector.

If you want more information about the tuition fees, requirements and next courses, please go to the "Courses" section or write us to

The Fundamentals of M&E certification does not require previous knowledge or experience beyond fluency in the language of the course delivery. The Impact Evaluation Course suggests as pre-requisites basic statistical knowledge and basic Excel skills.

The Fundamentals of M&E courses are delivered in English, French and Spanish. The Impact Evaluation course is only available in English and French, but we expect the course to be available in Spanish by 2020.

Each course has a tuition fee of 2,000.00 USD, which includes training material and lunch throughout the duration of the course. Please note that this fee does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

In certain occasions, sponsorships and financial aid might be available. These are course specific and we will make sure potential participants are aware of this possibility when available. However, we highly recommend interested participants look for sponsorship from their work organizations or other institutions to cover their tuition fee and travel expenses.

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