04 Apr

Thematic Evaluation of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana

ICED is managing the thematic evaluation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) program of support to Ghana. There are currently four (4) Japan Official Development Assistance projects to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana (NMIMR) between 2016 – 2020 but this evaluation is focused on two of them.

The two (2) projects include:

  • FY 2016 Grant Assistance: "Constructing an advanced research center for infectious diseases in the NMIMR" JPY2,285,000,000. This project aims to ensure efficient and safe research as well as the provision of good teaching environment of the NMIMR to play a leading role in tackling the ever-expanding research and training needs of Ghana and the West African sub-region to respond effectively to disease outbreaks.
  • FY2019 Technical Cooperation: “The Third Country Training Course on Enhancing Laboratory Skills for Infectious Diseases in West African Countries for Post Ebola”.

Our Role and Approach

ICED will actively engage with MOFA and solicit their input, the evaluation team will use empirical evidence and a structured valuing approach to identify and offer an independent assessment and perspective to MOFA and its stakeholders. We will use the project log-frames as a key document to ensure that we exhaustively cover each objective, expected outcomes, assumptions, and indicators. Our role as evaluators is to ensure that we gather empirical data from multiple perspectives at different levels, triangulate that data to answer each evaluation question, and make sense of the findings. A five (5) pronged approach will be adopted for the evaluation.

The thematic evaluation seeks to determine how well Japan’s assistance for Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) achieved the outcomes planned, how they were achieved and under what conditions. The evaluation also attempts to analyze how Japan’s assistance for NMIMR contributed to Ghana’s response to Covid-19. This information can inform not only Japan’s future ODA projects but also the international society by identifying lessons leant and emerging good practices.

Team Members :

Dr. David Ameyaw, Prof. Dorcas Obiri- Yeboah, Isaac Letsa, Edem Tornyie, Fadilatu Sagri Adams, Desmond Kaledzi