Research and 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.
Diversify Project, Malawi
The Diversify Project addresses the needs and priorities of over 3,000 smallholder farmers by establishing two main agricultural value chains – Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato and Pigeon Pea – in three districts of southern Malawi. The project helps households increase their income and reduce hunger months. Women in particular have made significant progress, with many now holding leadership positions in their farmers’ clubs and associations.
Improving Food Productivity and Market Linkages, Zimbabwe
This project reduces household vulnerability to hunger by increasing food production, and diversifying crops and livelihood sources. Support for Income, Savings and Loans (ISAL) groups and Asset Building Groups (ABGs) helps farmers increase their financial security. Ongoing training, linkages with government, and information and communication solutions foster sustainability within the project.
Socio-economic Empowerment Project, Timor-Leste
Since 2016 the Socio-economic Empowerment Project has provided training and support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. It has also given support to inmates in two prisons to provide training in livelihoods and literacy, psycho-social counselling, and access to legal support. The project improved the quality of life for approximately 260 survivors of domestic violence and their families, and is giving support to over 100 prisoners in Gleno and Becora prisons.
Pacific Regional Food and Water Security Project, Timor-Leste
Between 2013 and 2022, with funding from the Australian Government’s ANCP program and donations from people of Australia, AOP with Timorese partner, Timor Aid, implemented the Timor-Leste component of the Pacific Regional Food and Water Security program, achieving the following goals:
Increased production supply of locally available nutritious food in target communities; increased household income generated through the sale of surplus produce; enhanced household water security and sanitation in targeted areas – including increased irrigation for food production; increased community coordination and collaboration with provincial/district government service providers; increased technical support for local partner NGOs.
Pacific Regional Food and Water Security Project, Fiji
This project helped 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 decreased 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.
Bridging the Gap Project, Solomon Islands
Since 2012, AOP has provided funding and mentoring sessions to SIDT through the implementation of the Bridging the Gap Project (BtGP). The key objective of the BtGP is to strengthen the linkages between rural villages and the Provincial Government to promote community empowerment, community-led development and inclusive participation. The project has provided capacity building to community members to create and implement their respective village plans, and these plans were tailored to address the felt needs and aspirations of the communities.
Women in Action, Cambodia
This project empowered women in 20 villages to become self-sufficient by promoting access to education for girls and entrepreneurship for women. Women 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.
Building Capacity and Access for Community Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods, Vietnam
This project reached 7,601 people between 2014 and 2018, 67 per cent of them women. The project increased business aptitude in target communities and contributed to stronger local economies. All households participating in livelihood projects, such as bee-keeping and fish farming, reported increased incomes. Women enjoyed improved status and income.
Walk for Life, Bangladesh
Walk for Life has improved quality of life for over 21,000 children with clubfoot. 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 the project’s awareness-raising campaigns. Diverse funding sources and government partnership ensure the project’s sustainability.
Improving Food Security and Economic Empowerment for Smallholder Farmers, Ethiopia
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.
Bridging the Gap, Solomon Islands
This report documents the outcomes and impact of the Bridging the Gap project in the Solomon Islands.