Mid-Term Evaluation states high efficiency and relevance of Regional Program

AWO International’s Regional Program South Asia was found highly efficient and effective and able to reach very marginalized sections of society. On community level a variety of benefits are clearly visible, supported social structures will be sustainable to a large extend. Target groups have better access to their entitlements and policies have been influenced to some extend up to the national level. It was recommended to continue the project.

In November and December 2012 the head office as well as the regional office of AWO International such as six (older) partner organizations in Nepal and India were visited and the regional program independently evaluated by Mr. Bernward Causemann from Tübingen / Germany such as Mr. Kaustubh Devale from Pune / India.

In the field the evaluators used participatory tools that visualized development changes and gave insights about the knowledge of the people involved. Where applied a high level of group engagement and reflection took place and some partners started to use this tools after wards for their regular monitoring purpose.

The final evaluation report came out on 22nd of March and contains 21 recommendations for further improvements. All evaluated partner organizations received individual debriefing notes that are also very helpful for the conceptualization of the project proposal for the next phase (2014-2016).  

The program objective and strategies were found to be in line with the mainstream development discourse and significant outcomes could be seen in all four areas targeted: In social structure building, creating livelihood security, promoting access to rights and entitlements such as advocacy and networking - in line with rights based approach.

The regional program has been able to create a sense of identity among the target groups, by promoting awareness among communities that they are also equal citizens of the country and hence entitled to equal rights. The program has also been able to promote unity, solidarity, and collective voice across diverse communities supported by the various projects across many regions.

Impacts were visible in areas such as strengthening social structures and increased participation of women, youth, and members of marginalized communities in governance and social structures; enhanced income and food security; better access to education, health and hygiene services, and reduced migration. Factors such as conductive environment, clear design and orientation of the project, qualified team, timely support from regional office as well as long-term phase partnership approach of AWO International which allows partners to systematically plan, prioritize and sequence project interventions have played a catalytic role in enhancing the programme’s effectiveness.

Further improvements in context of outlining a regional strategy for AWO International, in context of gender and disaster risk management mainstreaming, social inclusion and social protection aspects were suggested. The long term support for existing partnerships was made responsible for the high level of sustainability, even it was suggested to further strengthen older structures by providing back up support and organizing them in bigger entities (for example federations) to give marginalized groups an even stronger voice.

It was outlined that further facilitation of cross learning between the partners but also further utilization of knowledge of the core competences of AWO in Germany would benefit the program in future; a trend that was already initiated by focusing on Migration.

AWO International is very thankful for the intensive discussions and engagement that took place and for the helpful comments and recommendations provided by the evaluators.

Utilization of the provided inputs started already in January on the basis of the first draft of the evaluation report. Available information was analyzed and a regional focus incl. main intervention areas, definition of cross cutting issues, working approaches etc. was drafted during a strategic planning workshop of the regional office in February.

For preparation of next phase planning workshop, input documents on the basis of the past experiences and the findings of the evaluation were prepared by the regional office and sent to all partners. During planning workshop for the next phase (2014-2016) all partners were informed about the evaluation results, the causal diagrams of the six evaluated partners were presented to all other regional partners and the final version of the evaluation report has been distributed to all partner organizations and other stakeholders.

Please click here to open the Executive Summary of the Mid-Term Evaluation of AWO International’s Regional Program South Asia.

Project staffs of AFARM prepared a causal diagram that reflects achieved results in the project area

By help of beans target communities of the projects outlined development trends

Team of AWO International’s Regional Office South Asia presents first results of a Regional Strategy (in process)

The project coordinator of AFARM shares the organization’s causal diagram to 7 other regional partners of AWO International