Introducing Manila Declaration

The Manila Declaration signifies a major commitment to institutionalizing M&E for the 2030 SDGs. It marks a critical point, reflecting a collective resolution to embed M&E into governance structures and processes. This integration is essential for ensuring evidence-based policymaking and effectively tracking progress towards the SDGs.

Signing of Manila Declaration

The signing of the Manila Declaration took place during the 4th APEA Conference in Manila, as part of the Parliament Day on December 7, 2023 at the Congress of the Philippines.

Hon. Kabir Hashim's speech
on The Manila Declaration serves as a new roadmap
after The Colombo Declaration in 2018
Hon. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez's
keynote speech on the institutionalization
of Monitoring and Evaluation for the 2030 SDGs
The discussant on the importance
of institutionalization of evaluation
by Marco Segone
Prof. Reinhard Stockmann's speech on
the results of research about
the institutionalization of evaluation


Institutionalizing Monitoring and Evaluation in Support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals


  1. We, the participants of the 4th Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) Conference in Manila from December 4 to 7, 2023 and of the Parliament Day as the conference’s culminating event, convene on this 7th day of December 2023 at the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

  1. In view of the stalled progress towards critical Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and other factors, we underscore the urgency of addressing persisting social and economic inequalities to create a sustainable and equitable future for people in the Asia Pacific region.

  1. We affirm the critical contributions of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in generating credible and timely information that governmental and non-governmental organizations can use as inputs for prioritizing, budgeting, and implementing relevant, coherent, effective, impactful, and efficient development interventions in support of the 2030 SDGs.

  1. We recognize that despite the huge potential of M&E in improving governance, government performance, and development outcomes, its routine conduct, communication, and use for better decision-making are yet to be fully institutionalized in many countries.

  1. To institutionalize M&E and engender a culture of evidence-based decision-making across governmental and non-governmental organizations, we acknowledge and highlight the key contributions of the following key drivers for institutionalizing M&E in the Asia Pacific region:

  • Parliaments and parliamentarians, as the largest audience of M&E within countries, in developing integrated national M&E policies and systems that strengthen the demand, supply, and use of M&E to guide development interventions for the SDGs; 

  • Strong national evaluation capacities in conducting, managing, communicating, and utilizing country-led M&E of development interventions; 

  • International development agencies and voluntary organizations for professional evaluation (VOPEs) assuming valuable roles of advocating the sustained institutionalization of evaluation and strengthening national evaluation capacities; and

  • Societal, political, and institutional partnerships for strengthening M&E capacities within and across countries.


  1. In view of the foregoing, we thus adhere to the following strategies toward deeper societal, political, and organizational institutionalization of M&E in support of the 2030 SDGs:

  • Engage and support parliaments for greater demand and utilization of credible, timely, and useful M&E information as inputs for oversight, lawmaking, budgeting, and constituency representation functions of parliaments and parliamentarians;

  • Strengthen national M&E ecosystems including through legislation to ensure the routine use of M&E information in planning, budgeting, and implementing development interventions; 

  • Promote partnerships for evaluation capacity development in the Asia Pacific region to increase the supply of qualified competent, credible, and young evaluators through the development and use of M&E competency framework, standards, education curricula, academic programs, and training courses; 

  • Promote country-led and community-owned evaluations through engagements with governments, parliaments, non-government organizations, communities, and citizens, in developing and implementing national evaluation agenda for the 2030 SDGs; and

  • Promote the use of credible and timely country-led evaluations as inputs for the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of country progress towards their SDG targets.

7. Reiterating the development dividends from M&E institutionalization, we call upon governments, parliaments, international development agencies, VOPEs, non-government organizations, and other development actors to operationalize the above strategies through partnerships and through respective action plans, policies, and systems to institutionalize M&E in support of the 2030 SDGs.

The Signatories of the Manila Declaration

Erdenechimeg UlziisurenMongolian Evaluation Association
Angelica CruzWorld Food Programme
Erwien temasmico DjayoesmanInternews
Amol Shaila SureshEvalYouth Asia
Lundy VayOffice of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia
Maricel SolatreSenate Economic Planning Office- Senate of the Philippines
Mohammed AjiwadeenParliament of Sri Lanka
Mahira RafiqueNational Assembly of Pakistan
Yoko IshidaJapan Evaluation Society / Hiroshima University
Beth SnowCanadian Evaluation Society
Mendbayar BudeeMongolian Evaluation Association
Nishtha ShresthaSave the Children International
Thilina WanigasekeraMinistry of Health, Sri Lanka
Samandar MahmodiAfghan Evaluation Society
Vennila ThevarajahEvalYouth SriLanka
Ramesh PaudyalAsia Pacific Parliamentrians Forum for Evaluation
Ahmad RijalAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Randika De MelAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Madhuka LiyanagamageAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Margery BautistaConsultant at Asia Group Advisors
Tseveengerel AmgalanIndependent Consultant
Santosh AryalEvalYouth Nepal
Deepani ChathurikaMarga Institute, Centre for Development Studies
Maheeka SeneviwickramaUniversity of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Beverley ChinyamaIndividual Consultant
Ranjit ThabrewSri Lanka Evaluation Association
Hilmy IshakSri Lanka Evaluation Association
Galbadrakh ErdenetsogtMongolian Evaluation Association
Sunaina SharmaCommunity of Evaluators – Nepal (CoE-Nepal)
Sokkanathan VisvanathakkurukkalMinistry of Education, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
Yatin Ramchandra DiwakarIIT Bombay
Lasaro GoneraraUniversity of the South Pacific
Punya LakminiEvalYouth Sri Lanka
Sansar ShresthaWorld Vision International Nepal
Purevdulam JamiyansurenDevelopment Solutions NGO
Yoko IshidaHiroshima University
Shweta DhoubhadelGreen Analytics
Narendra Kumar RokayaNepal Evaluation Society (NES)
Prabin ChitrakarCommunity of Evaluators – Nepal (CoE-Nepal)
Henrique PissaiaIndependent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the New Development Bank
Qudratullah JahidAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Senarathna Hudson Udayakumara De SilvaSri Lanka Evaluation Association
Umagaran GunawardeneFreelance Consultant
Inna Clarisse Mae SantosDepartment of Public Works & Highways, Philippines
Monica AzzahraThe Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Asela KalugampitiyaCentre for Evaluation of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Dharmatilaka WijekoonSri Lanka Institute of Development Administration
Janaranga DewasurendraThe Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka
Narmandakh YadamjavMongolian Evaluation Association
Sumanasekara HandaragamaSri Lanka Evaluation Association
Sergio Federico Sierra RomeroNational Mexican Evaluators Academy (ACEVAL)
Tariq AhmadSave the Children International
Romeo SantosAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Laszlo SzentmarjayCEval GmbH/IPDET
Romulo Emmanuel Miral JrHouse of Representatives Philippines
Bisma Rahman ZafarParliament of Pakistan
Julius I. DumangasHouse of Representatives Philippines
Vay LundyOffice of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia
Dolgion AldarMongolian Evaluation Network
MD. Suman MiahMinistry of Land, Bangladesh
Rabin BastolaNepal Evaluation Society (NES)
Basan ShresthaM&E Consultant
Mx. Ge Ygay (legally known as Gerald L. Ygay)Cebu United Rainbow LGBTIQ+ Sector, Inc.
Tania Fernandes EchaporiaRed Dot Foundation
Kong VanthenSenate of Cambodia
Mylvaganam ThilakarajahSri Lanka Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation
Shachi JoshiAsia Pacific Evaluation Association
Abbas SakaTechnoserve Bénin
Ivan G. SomlaiEthnobureaucratica
Kamlesh Kumar YadavCommunity of Evaluators – Nepal (CoE-Nepal)
Samir GhimireUNFPA
Anindita M SharmaAartha
Maria Ana PulidoPhilippine Evaluators for Development (PHILDEV)
Nova Z NavoUniversity of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI)
Abdulai SGhana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF)
Nancy BobadillaOutreach Philippines, Inc.
Elias SeglaPrésidence de la République du Bénin
Ghofran AjimiUNDP
Bisma Rahman ZafarNational Assembly of Pakistan
Pamela Y. Delos SantosNational Economic and Development Authority, Philippines
Amil Jeewan Kithsiri EpaInstitute for Participatory Interaction in Development (IPID)
Padma Malani karunaratneSri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA)
Kerry AlbrightUNICEF
Abhishek BhosaleEval Youth India