One of the major aims of the M&E Initiative is to strengthen the planning, monitoring and evaluation skills of project and programme managers at regional and global levels. 

Skilled PM&E facilitators working in Asia, Africa and Latin America developed, over a 5-year period, a core PM&E course for IUCN project managers. This course has been developed and tested in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It provides project managers with the basic concepts and hands-on skills development in the following areas: