The “Sustainable Livelihood for Isolated Rural Areas (SLIRAP)” and “Searem Niu Plant Long Gaden” projects which
are both funded by AusAID and implemented by Kastom Gaden Association from 2004-2008 and 2006 – 2009 respectively, were recently been evaluated.
The participatory evaluation was conducted by Dr Charles G. Kick, a Community Development & Natural Resource Management Consultant from 26th -28th October and 22nd – 24th November 2010 respectively. Attending each of the evaluation workshop were 15 project beneficiaries from various provinces, who were involved in the projects.
The ultimate objective of this evaluation is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the project implementation and the impact of its deliverables to the people (beneficiaries). In addition to the above objective, the evaluation report will be used in future discussion such as the internal annual reviews and mid-term review, which will be conducted later in 2012, and could help in formulating future KGA strategies that address gender concerns and other cross cutting issues.
In summary the objectives are:
- To assess how effective and efficient were the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project, and how effective was the assistance of KGA.
- To examine the extent to which the collective work undertaken by Germplasm Centres in case of Searem project (thematically and geographically), helped in better addressing food insecurity, the outcomes on the various stakeholders and the project’s impact at large.
- To draw conclusions regarding project’s strengths and weaknesses, and to recommend methodologies and strategic alternatives that will help in strengthening the germplasm centres and ensure sustainability of their activities (advocacy, etc.) after KGA and donor’s withdrawal.
Beside knowing the strengths, weakness and impacts of the projects, KGA aspires to meet donor requirements and acceptable standards in its program. Hence this evaluation will set a precedence for its future projects.