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. In 2017-18, we conducted six evaluations.

Women in Action, Cambodia

This project empowers women in 20 villages in Phnom Penh 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

An evaluation of our work across Vietnam 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 also found that women enjoyed improved status and income, while there was 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 that it can be corrected. 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 advances 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

We conducted an evaluation of our potato project in Ethiopia – 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