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Team Member Spotlight: Kalenga Kakompe

By Tara Newton, Communications Associate, BID Initiative

Jul 27, 2015

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The BID Initiative team works across three countries in the United States, Tanzania, and Zambia. This week, we learn more about Kalenga Kakompe, M&E Lead in Zambia.

What is your role on BID? I am responsible for providing oversight and technical guidance in the implementation of robust project monitoring and evaluation systems in Zambia for the BID Initiative. This includes ensuring that changes in implementation decisions for the BID Initiative are documented, as well as ensuring the smooth flow of data collection for evaluations and routine monitoring of project activities.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A civil engineer.

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Watching movies, especially epic-historical movies and spy action movies.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” ― H. James Harrington

What do you like most about your job? I like the fact that I learn something new every time I engage in a research project or evaluation.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Becoming the first Zambian to obtain a specialized qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, which is one of the highest ranking universities in Africa.

“Kalenga has done a great job of balancing his work for BID with long stretches in the field for MACEPA – not always an easy task!  Recently he has been a great asset in working with Chilunga on M&E for the BLN and will continue to be an invaluable player as Zambia moves towards broader implementation and he spearheads the baseline data collection, learning from the experience in Tanzania.” – Emily Carnahan, M&E Lead, Seattle

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