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FINAL EVALUATION “Support to Development of Agricultural Cooperatives”

The Final Evaluation Report consists of a project background, methodology, main findings (including analysis of in-depth interviews and focus group results), conclusions, recommendations and lessons learnt. The methodology used triangulation, combining desk research (qualitative and quantitative secondary data) and primary data collected during the mission in North Macedonia via interviews and focus groups in Skopje and other locations.
Relevance: The project was clearly relevant to the context of North Macedonia and the Western Balkans region. The interventions were timely and focused on addressing the priority needs of farmers, important for enhancing sustainability of North Macedonian agriculture. Its design was based on the in-depth needs assessment, which was a collaborative effort carried out by the partners, stakeholders and project beneficiaries. In the course of its implementation, the identified needs farmers and stakeholders were also met by the project to a great extent.
Effectiveness: The effectiveness of the project was visible in several areas. However in some areas more time is needed – likely until the completion of the project - to unveil the project outcomes and impacts. The project greatly succeeded in creating a significant number of new ACs and increasing the involvement of farmers into this kind of business model. Yet, their membership size is often small. Despite the efforts to consolidate representation of the AC’s, there were mixed results regarding the umbrella organization. On the one hand, it visibly improved the planning, management, and provision of services while ensuring the continuation of the funding until the end of 2020. On the other hand, it split into two entities, which hampered the consolidation process. There is limited progress that is visible in terms improved business performance of the ACs. However, the project lifespan was too short to detect a major shift in economic terms.
Efficiency: The implementation of the project was smooth and largely in line with its budget and timeline. The project encountered minor delays and budget issues from the beginning. Yet, the project was complemented with in-kind resources of the partners and thus was cost-efficient. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project duration had to be extended. The management of the project was very efficient and responsive against this force majeure. The project lifetime was extended and this allowed for an adequate adaptation to those unusual circumstances.
Sustainability: Despite the relatively successful establishment of the ACs, the sustainability of the project has been called into question due to the fact that related legal frameworks have not been adopted and the challenges ACs face in accessing the markets. The cooperatives benefitted from investments to upgrade farm facilities (machinery, post-harvest storage), yet they were not clearly embedded into functioning value chains. The pandemic proved to be challenging for enhancing the links between the farmers and other value chain actors. Participation in face-to-face meetings and business events was seriously constrained. Yet, the project succeeded in facilitating contacts between business partners, especially for the AC Prespansko Jabolche. Read More...

How Bangladesh Is Getting COVID-19 Vaccines to the Last Mile

Bangladesh has been one of the fastest countries receiving COVAX support to scale up vaccines, delivering more than 221 million vaccines by March 14, 2022. 54% of Bangladesh’s population is fully vaccinated, and another 22% have received at least one dose. Bangladesh is on track to meet its goal of 70% of the population fully vaccinated by September 2022.

Close coordination across multiple actors—from the Government of Bangladesh to INGOs like CARE to local health entrepreneurs—have been one of the keys to success. Working closely with the government-led National Vaccination and Deployment Plan and innovating when there have been gaps and challenges have helped achieve this success. These strategies continue to make sure that vaccines reach the people who need them most.
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The Cost of Delivering COVID-19 Vaccines in Zambia

While Zambia aims to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to 70% of its people by June 30, 2022, the road to getting there is uncertain. The Zambian Ministry of Health reports that, as of February 21, 2022, 21.6% of people were fully
vaccinated. Vaccine doses available in the country are slowly rising, with 6.2 million doses arrived as of February 11, but less than half of those doses have made it into people’s arms. By February 23, only 2.77 million doses had gotten to people. By December 31, 2021, only 7.2% of people had gotten a vaccine, compared to a goal of 40%. Without significant investments in last mile delivery, especially for people at highest risk, Zambia risks missing its next COVID-19 vaccine targets.
CARE estimates that in Zambia, vaccine delivery costs a minimum of $17.18 per fully vaccinated person, or $7.30 per dose delivered. That is 7.2 times more than current global estimates. Even with its robust childhood vaccination system—93% of Zambian children got their first measles vaccine in 2019—Zambia has not been able to get enough COVID-19 vaccines to the last mile. Read More...

Assessment on “Improving lives of Rohingya refugees and host community members in Bangladesh through sexual and reproductive healthcare integrated with gender-based violence prevention and response”

In response to the health and protection needs of the Rohingya refugees and the host communities in Cox´s Bazar, CARE is implementing the project “Improving lives of Rohingya refugees and host community members in Bangladesh through sexual and reproductive healthcare integrated with gender-based violence prevention and response” with funding support by German Federal Foreign Office. This is a two year project targeting Rohingya refuges of camp 11, 12, 15 and 16 and vulnerable host communities of Jaliapalong union for GBV and SRH services.

Indicator 1: %of targeted refugee and host community report an improved environment for women and girls following the implementation of SRH and GBV prevention measures
i. 93% respondents have good and very good understanding on available SRH service
ii. Proportion of women who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care. 17% of interviewed women can make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care.
iii. 32% of interviewed female from both host community and refugee community received both Anti-natal Care (ANC) and Post Natal Care (PNC).
So, we can say that, 47% (average of result of three proxy indicator) of targeted refugee and host community report an improved environment for women and girls following the implementation of SRH prevention measures.
iv. 49% of women and girls reporting feeling safe following the implementation of GBV prevention measures
v. 63% respondents (male 21`% and female 42%) go to community leaders for seeking help when they face any form of violence both in their home and also outside of their home
Here, “56% of targeted refugee and host community report an improved environment for women and girls following the implementation of GBV prevention”
Considering the average result of above GBV and SRH indicators, we can say that, 51.5% of targeted refugee and host community reported an improved environment for women and girls on SRH and GBV prevention measures at the baseline of the project.
Indicator 2: # of people (m/f) accessing services and information on SRH services and GBV prevention and response
Indicator 3: % of refugees and host population who report satisfaction with GBV and SRH assistance
i. 70% respondents from refugee and host community reported full satisfaction with GBV assistance
ii. 87% female and 65% male from refugee and host community reported full satisfaction with SRH assistance. (Among them 67% female from refugee and 20% female from host community, 45% male from refugee community and 20% male from host community)
Indicator 4: % of staff members with improved knowledge on SHR and GBV
Inicator 5: 45% of men and boys who report rejecting intimate partner violence and domestic violence
80% of staff members with improved knowledge on SHR and GBV
Indicator 5: # of women and adolescent girls having received MHM kit
i. Most of the respondents (85%) use reusable clothes
ii. 90% respondents wash and use the cloth again
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STRENGTHENING WOMEN AND YOUTH AT RISK OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE Challenges and opportunities for enhancing resilience, with a focus on urban contexts and adolescent girls

This learning brief documents challenges, capacities and opportunities of women and youth at risk of gender based violence (GBV), in particular in urban areas in Northern Uganda. It summarizes key findings from various studies of the Women and Youth Resilience Project (WAYREP), including two Rapid Gender Analyses, the baseline, knowledge model papers, and a qualitative assessment.
The learning brief informs WAYREP’s learning agenda which aims at:
 Gaining a better understanding of the livelihood and safety, security, and wellbeing challenges that marginalised and vulnerable communities face in urban poor and settlement settings with a focus on girls,
 Identifying and documenting effective and sustainable support strategies to alleviate challenges, namely poverty and gender-based violence (GBV), in the nexus, urban and COVID 19 context.
WAYREP’s overall objective is to “Strengthen the resilience of refugee and Ugandan women, girls and youth to live a life free from violence in Uganda”. WAYREP focuses on women and girls’ empowerment within the context of some of Uganda’s most pressing current challenges such as rapid urbanization, regular and high rates of displacement and migration across and within Uganda’s borders and a very young and largely unemployed population. In 2020, this fragile context was further exacerbated with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic not only in terms of its health implications, but also in terms of its impact on livelihoods, safety and security. Read More...

EVALUATION A MI-PARCOURS DU PROJET « PROSPER I »

Le projet évalué a pour objectif de contribuer au développement durable des communautés productrices de cacao, à travers une approche communautaire, qui repose sur trois piliers essentiels à savoir : i) le renforcement des capacités locales de développement et la mise en place/ œuvre des Plans d’Action Communautaire (PAC) ; ii) la diversification des revenus et iii) la nutrition et l’assainissement du cadre de vie. Pour atteindre ces objectifs, la stratégie élaborée repose sur les trois piliers du projet qui sont : Le processus de planification communautaire a démarré avec les Diagnostics participatifs (DP) qui ont pris en compte la priorisation des actions de développement dans les communautés participantes. Les DP ont abouti à la mise en place des Comités de développement communautaire (CDCOM) qui se sont chargés, avec l'appui de l'équipe projet, d'élaborer les Plans d'Action Communautaire (PAC). Les comités sont composés de quinze (15) membres dont l’organe de gestion (président, secrétaire en charge du suivi évaluation, trésorier). Les autres membres ont en charge les principales thématiques du projet à savoir la nutrition et l’hygiène, la diversification culturale, la promotion du genre, les AVEC (Associations Villageoises d’Epargne et de Crédit).
Les CDCOM et les AVEC sont des canaux de renforcement de capacités des membres des communautés afin de contribuer ainsi au développement de leurs communautés respectives. Les bénéficiaires qui sont les membres de la communauté œuvrent pour leur autonomisation (sociale et économique) ainsi que pour le développement de leur localité. Ils sont composés d’hommes, de femmes, de jeunes hommes et de jeunes femmes. Les activités avec le CDCOM se résument en des formations sur la conduite de réunion, la gestion pacifique et la prévention des conflits, la mobilisation des ressources, la mobilisation communautaire, la mise en œuvre de leur plan d’action communautaire.
Cette évaluation a deux objectifs principaux : i) analyser les progrès réalisés par le projet en rapport avec ses objectifs et résultats cibles et ii) identifier les effets émergeant des activités du projet qui ont contribué positivement ou négativement aux conditions de vie des communautés productrices de cacao.
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Projet Cargill: ‹‹PROSPER: Thriving Cocoa Communities›› ETUDES DE BASE SUR LA SECURITE ALIMENTAIRE ET DES MOYENS DE SUBSISTANCE DES MENAGES, L’AUTONOMISATION DE LA FEMME, LA NUTRITION ET L’HYGIENE

Le présent document est le fruit de la consultation relative à l’Enquête de base du projet PROSPER mis en œuvre par CARE International Côte d’Ivoire dans 10 communautés sous le financement de CARGILL.
Le projet vise à contribuer au développement durable de dix(10) communautés productrices de cacao, à travers une approche communautaire, qui repose sur quatre (04) piliers essentiels à savoir : (i) le renforcement des capacités de développement local, (ii) la mise en œuvre de Plan de développement Communautaire ; (iii) la diversification des revenus et (iv) la nutrition et assainissement du cadre de vie.
Cette initiative est déroulée, en étroite collaboration, avec neuf (09) coopératives partenaires commerciaux de Cargill WA à savoir : COASI (Soubré), COOPAAPROMAN (Agnibilekro), CPB (Gagnoa), CPSL (Sassandra), ETC (Taabo), SOCABB (Divo), SOCEDA (San Pedro), SOCOOPENHA (Tabou) et SOUHONTA-KAKO (Grand-Bereby).
Avant la mise en œuvre de ce projet, il est nécessaire de disposer de données de base sur la situation actuelle des ménages dans les communautés sélectionnées avant l’intervention du projet afin d’en évaluer la progression et l’efficacité avant et après la mise en œuvre.
L’objectif principal de l'enquête de base est de déterminer la situation actuelle des ménages dans les communautés sélectionnées avant l'intervention du projet afin que puissent être mesurés les changements intervenus après trois (03) années de mise en œuvre, en utilisant la même approche. L'impact du projet doit conserver la spécificité du contexte et des significations culturelles du changement de comportement des femmes et des hommes.
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AHP DFAT III-COVID-19: A Visit to OXFAM livelihood project in Teknaf

This joint monitoring visit was conducted in the Oxfam- MUKTI implemented project, part of the DFAT AHP III consortium. As per the agreed decision of the MEAL Working Group (MWG), the visit date was 27 February 2022. The activity was covered: 1) Homestead Gardening & Pit Composting, 2) Tailoring, 3) Goat Rearing, and 4) IGA of People with Disabilities. The visit location was Rasullabad, Dargapara, and Lichuaprang villages. A convenient sample was used in this visit, so generalizing is a limitation. Read More...

Evaluación final Proyecto Mujeres Emprendedoras

El presente estudio tiene como objetivo realizar un análisis comparativo entre la Línea de Base y La Evaluación final de la situación de las asociaciones de mujeres emprendedoras en el rubro gastronómico ubicadas en el Centro Histórico de Lima que forman parte del proyecto “Mujeres Emprendedoras”. El estudio mide los indicadores principales del proyecto, vinculados al fortalecimiento institucional, módulos de expendio de alimentos y desarrollo de capacidades.
Con dicho fin, el levantamiento de la información se realizó, en ambas oportunidades, mediante llamadas telefónicas a los beneficiarios(as) del proyecto Mujeres Emprendedoras. El instrumento de recolección de datos, la selección y muestra final de los participantes fue coordinado con CARE Perú según los avances previos al desarrollo estudio. La aplicación de las encuestas telefónicas se realizó sobre la base de beneficiarias(os) provista por la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima en coordinación con CARE PERÚ.
El estudio presenta seis secciones: La primera sección busca realizar la caracterización de la población de beneficiarios(as), donde se halla que se trata de una población con múltiples vulnerabilidades debido a la situación económica y la dependencia de los negocios familiares que han sido afectos durante la pandemia. La segunda sección busca conocer las características los negocios de las beneficiarias(os), evidenciando que se tratan principalmente de los negocios propios dedicados a la venta de alimentos en la vía pública. Estos negocios han sido golpeados duramente por la disminución de la demanda, no han tenido procesos de diversificación productiva ni han intentado expandirse fuera del ámbito local, pese a que, en la actualidad, se registran cambios ligeros en estas tendencias. En contraste, los negocios de los beneficiaros(as) han experimentado una reducción importante de trabajadores, principalmente, por los efectos de la reducción de la demanda y la reducción de los ingresos Read More...

Evaluación final Proyecto Aprendemos+, crecemos y emprendemos siempre III

El proyecto APRENDEMOS+ CRECEMOS Y EMPRENDEMOS SIEMPRE 2021 presenta una respuesta educativa semipresencial con el objetivo general de generar las condiciones pedagógicas y de bienestar para que los y las estudiantes de las IIEE de primaria rural multigrado/unidocente focalizadas logren aprendizajes satisfactorios en las competencias de las áreas curriculares de Comunicación, Matemática y Personal Social. Este proyecto cuenta con tres objetivos específicos o componentes: i. fortalecer las capacidades de los y las docentes/directores para mejorar los aprendizajes de los/las estudiantes de aulas multigrado/unidocente; ii. promover la participación de la comunidad educativa para fortalecer la gestión escolar; iii. fortalecer la práctica pedagógica, la gestión en docentes/directores y desarrollar aprendizajes autónomos a través de recursos educativos. En 2021, la propuesta se implementará en 115 instituciones educativas de nivel primaria multigrado/unidocente de las regiones de Amazonas, Cajamarca, Huánuco y Pasco; atendiendo a 2372 estudiantes y 187 docentes.
El presente informe del Estudio de Línea de Base del proyecto tiene como objetivo general medir los indicadores del proyecto a nivel cualitativo y cuantitativo; y, compararlos con un área de no intervención (grupo control). El estudio se enmarca en las consecuencias educativas de la pandemia de Covid-19, y las medidas de respuesta del sector para garantizar el acceso a una educación con calidad y equidad. El estudio cuenta con dos componentes. El componente cuantitativo contó con 294 entrevistas en IIEE tratamiento y control, dirigidas a directivos, docentes, estudiantes y padres/madres de familia. El componente cualitativo estaba compuesto por 32 entrevistas en 8 IIEE tratamiento y control, dirigidas a directivos, docentes, estudiantes, padres/madres de familia y agentes educativos comunitarios.
El informe presenta los resultados de los indicadores centrales del proyecto, así como la medición de indicadores referenciales, complementados por los resultados cualitativos a nivel descriptivo y analítico. Incluye además un conjunto de conclusiones y de recomendaciones para la implementación del proyecto. Read More...

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