The Program in Rural Monitoring and Evaluation (PRiME) is a global training framework in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) that seeks to achieve better results in rural development projects. PRiME is a joint initiative developed and implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR).


Deliver a high-quality, global and sustainable training program in M&E for rural development professionals.


Build in-country capacity on M&E to achieve better development results.
Increase M&E capacity and set high M&E standards in the rural development sector.
Improve results measurement and data collection for informed decision-making.


Since 2017, PRiME has developed and delivered courses in Rome, Nairobi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Abidjan, Istanbul, São Paulo and Dakar, training more than 200 professionals from 82 countries. Initially, the program was offered exclusively to government officials who work for IFAD-funded projects, benefiting 146 IFAD projects. Since fall 2018 the courses have been open to external participants.




Initially, the program was only offered to government officials who worked in IFAD-funded projects. Up to this day, 146 IFAD projects have benefited from the PRiME Fundamentals of M&E program. However, since fall 2018, the courses have been open to the general public, expanding the training for other interested officials, consultants, and development partners from diverse international financial institutions, multilateral development banks, and national governments. Organizations such as the World Bank, UN-Habitat, World Food Program and diverse national and local ministries are some of the institutions attending our courses.

For the second phase of PRiME (2019-2021), the program expects to:

Certify up to 100 rural development professionals in Fundamentals of M&E.

Offer additional M&E courses in stretch collaboration with the CLEAR Centers.

Design and expand the training curriculum.



PRiME is a joint initiative by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR). The program is administered by the CLEAR for Latin America and the Caribbean, which is based at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.

IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) established in 1977 to finance agricultural development projects, primarily food production, in developing countries.

The creation of this international financial institution has its roots in the 1974 World Food Conference held in Rome, Italy.

This UN conference was organized as a response to the food insecurity and famine caused by global food shortages in the early seventies. One of the conclusions reached was that most of the food crises were related to structural poverty problems.

The overarching goal of IFAD is to catalyze country and global progress by overcoming rural poverty and achieving food security through remunerative, sustainable and resilient livelihoods.

As a PRiME partner, IFAD provides knowledge, infrastructure resources, institutional capacities, and liaison with rural development professionals. IFAD is headquartered in Rome, Italy, and has a presence in more than 80 low-and middle-income countries.

CLEAR is a global M&E capacity development program that brings together academic institutions and donor partners to foster the collection, measurement, analysis, and subsequent use of robust evidence in developing countries’ policy and programmatic decision making.

With a focus on public good and a worldwide network, CLEAR is uniquely positioned to help governments build capacity at national, regional, and local levels to measure development progress and outcomes, strengthen evidence-based policy-making, and increase government accountability and transparency.

There are six regional centers: Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, Brazil and Lusophone Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and two regional affiliates in Ghana and Pakistan. Its Global Hub is based at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG).

Most PRiME trainers are associated with a CLEAR regional center or their host institutions.