Evaluations

We conduct regular evaluations of our projects to ensure our work is effective, provides value for money, and promotes learning and knowledge among our network of partners.

Below are the Executive Summaries from our most recent evaluations.

Improving Food Productivity and Market Linkages, Zimbabwe

This project has reduced household vulnerability to hunger by increasing food production, diversifying crops, and diversifying livelihood sources. Support for Income, Savings and Loans (ISAL) groups and Asset Building Groups (ABGs) is also helping farmers increase their financial security. Ongoing training, linkages with government, and information and communication solutions are fostering sustainability within the project.

Zimbabwe Evaluation – Executive Summary

Women’s Economic Empowerment Project, Timor-Leste

This three-year project supported 139 direct beneficiaries and 813 indirect beneficiaries in three districts. The project focused on helping vulnerable women, including those who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, to start a small business. Eighty per cent of project participants have been successful in their new micro-enterprise, and are using their income to provide for their families, pay for health care and education, upgrade their homes, and save money. The project also supported literacy activities for women and men in Gleno and Becora Prisons.

Women’s Economic Empowerment Evaluation – Executive Summary

Pacific Regional Food and Water Security, Fiji

This project is helping over over 1,000 people in four communities in Bua Province to improve their water security, health, and self-governance. The evaluation showed that 100 per cent of people are now using a toilet and have access to clean water. Hygiene-related illnesses have dropped significantly as a result of these interventions and ongoing training. All households sampled also had home food gardens and reported an increase in children’s vegetable intake.

Fiji Food and Water Security Evaluation – Executive Summary

Women in Action, Cambodia

This project empowers women in 20 villages to become self-sufficient by promoting access to education for girls and entrepreneurship for women. The evaluation found that women had increased their incomes by 65 to 75 per cent, and improved their living conditions, savings, and support for their children’s education as a result.

Women in Action Evaluation – Executive Summary

Building Capacity and Access for Community Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods, Vietnam

This evaluation found that, between 2014 and 2018, our projects reached 7,601 people, 67 per cent of them women. All households participating in livelihood projects, such as bee-keeping and fish farming, reported increased incomes. The review found that women enjoyed improved status and income. There was also greater business aptitude in target communities. Overall, the project had created more job opportunities and stronger local economies.

Vietnam Evaluation – Executive Summary

Walk for Life, Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, our Walk for Life project has improved the quality of life for over 21,000 children. During the evaluation, focus groups reported increased awareness of clubfoot and its treatment. Mothers of children with clubfoot have greater dignity and self-esteem due to the reduced stigma associated with our awareness-raising campaigns. The evaluation also found that diverse funding sources and government partnership ensure the project’s sustainability.

Walk for Life Evaluation – Executive Summary

Bridging the Gap, Solomon Islands

An evaluation of the project found that our relationship with local NGOs ensures that development work takes place at the grassroots level and therefore best meets communities’ priorities. By working with the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT), the project strengthens civil society and empowers communities to preserve their identity and autonomy. This evaluation recommended that we continue to support SIDT, focus on staff development, and establish stronger local monitoring processes to build on the success so far.

Bridging the Gap Evaluation – Executive Summary

Pacific Regional Food and Water Security, Timor-Leste

Our Timor-Leste evaluation was delayed due to elections in June 2018, but revealed that some communities have experienced significant improvements in access to nutritious foods for household consumption. A lack of access to water is holding back progress in other villages. Increased focus on irrigation is needed to aid agriculture, while focusing one one geographic area would allow resources to be used more effectively. This has been addressed for programming in 2018-19.

Improving Food Security and Economic Empowerment for Smallholder Farmers, Ethiopia

This project is part of a regional project focused on improving food security and economic empowerment for African farmers. The evaluation found that the project is highly effective and relevant, with a strong emphasis on building the capacity and skill set of farmers, especially women, and partnering with the government to ensure sustainability.

Ethiopia Evaluation – Executive Summary