An easy-to-use, web-based tool for planning, monitoring and reporting using logframes.
It is open-source so you can download the code for free.
Kashana is designed to work on low-bandwidth connections.
We have built Kashana to take the pain out of the planning and the monitoring to enable you to spend more time on evaluation, learning, and delivering better results.
Kashana makes it easier to do the complex, time-consuming things that every international development organisation has do as part of its management and learning cycle:Full list of Kashana features
Anyone involved in planning, monitoring and evaluating international development interventions:
We want to make Kashana as useful and accessible as possible. Here are some of the things we are planning:
So far we have been funding its development ourselves while re-using open-source code from our client projects. We are looking for funding to help us realise our goals more quickly.
Kashana emerged from over ten years of making technology with people living and working in the Global South and working with international development professionals.
Then we developed the concept further with an organisation in Nigeria. Our partner in Nigeria used the tool on their five-year, £26m programme.
To find out more email us firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a lack of capacity to do complex task of MEL with integrity which leads to poorer results for people.
As technologists and practitioners, we can help by creating a tool that helps to build MEL capacity, appreciates the complexity of development interventions, and enables us to work to our values (participation, empowerment, accountability, transparency).
At Aptivate we have developed bespoke MEL systems for many organisations over the last decade. We have noticed that the same requirements come up over and over again. We think it will deliver more value to put our expertise (and existing software) into a customisable, open-source tool for everyone to re-use.
There is an opportunity to develop a tool that addresses the challenges of our sector. Kashana will be unique if we can deliver the following value:
Recent research tells us that:
Organisations find it challenging to select appropriate management information systems for MEL because existing systems are not geared towards the international development context and / or they are closed-source with high costs and long-term service agreements .
Existing open-source tools have limited functionality and usability .
This can lead organisations to develop bespoke systems at significant expense, when they may not be geared up for the long-term commitment of developing and maintaining computer software - and there is a question mark over whether bespoke systems actually result in better MEL .
Manually collating data for funder reports takes up significant time and resources and there is scope for automating much of this process .
Selecting the right MIS can be a challenge. The selection can depend on a number of factors, such as whether to choose an open source system – many of which are not geared towards development work – or a tailored, proprietary system. Very few open- source MIS solutions aim at development or M&E, and those that do exist have limited functionality and usability. Because of this, organizations often opt to build a system that is customized to their project, program or organizational M&E needs. Any of these MIS options can require considerable investment because most development organizations do not have staff capacity to adapt and customize open source platforms, and proprietary systems often have high costs for training, installation and long-term service agreements.
Linda Raftree and Michael Bamberger, September 2014
There can be a tendency to consider bespoke MEL systems as better systems. The findings of this study question this assumption. Further work could usefully be carried out to understand under what circumstances bespoke systems are valuable and what is their full cost.
Itad, in association with nef Consulting, and edited by Jennifer Chapman
Just compiling data for each DFID quarterly progress report costs around £5,000 in staff time… that’s £60k over a three year project.
 Director of a DFID-funded development programme
Aptivate market research
Aptivate uses technology to empower people to meaningfully participate in the decisions that affect their lives. We develop open-source technology for people with low-bandwidth internet connections, in a participatory way. We provide consultancy, helping organisations with projects involving: MEL systems, websites, databases, info-graphics, mobile data collection, maps, knowledge management, IT strategy development, open data... and all geeky things that support international development.
käshänä, which means "do good work".
You work in development because you want to make life better for people, not because you want to spend time collating spreadsheets, running IT projects or stressing about report deadlines.
You want to learn, improve and deliver better results. The idea is that Kashana will alleviate the administrative burden of MEL, enabling you to focus on doing good work.