Richard Niyongabo is a Monitoring and Evaluation, research, project management, development planning expert, based in Rwanda with close to 15 years work experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, mostly in Rwanda and the East African Region. He has extensive experience in database management systems, statistical packages, microcomputer applications, qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and interpretation, reporting and documentation; capacity needs assessments, capacity development plans, among others. He has experience of working with public institutions, private sector and NGOs, including development partners such as World Bank, DFID, SIDA, GIZ, KfW and UNDP. Currently, he is the COMESA Regional M&E Expert/Consultant on the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP). He previously, worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for NIRAS International Consulting Company on the establishment of the Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation System for the Rwanda Ministry of Environment, prior to that he worked for the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) as part of the Fund Management Team for the Rwanda National Environment and Climate Change Fund (FONERWA), as a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant. Prior to joining CIDT, he served as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Previously, he worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Facilitator on Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS1), under the Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN). In addition, Niyongabo holds a Masters degree in Management Studies (specialization in Project Planning and Management) from Uganda Management Institute in Uganda, a Masters degree in Development Studies (specialization in poverty studies and policy analysis) from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arts with Education (majoring in Economics) from Makerere University in Uganda.