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Cash Assistance to Households Affected by Food Insecurity in Goundam and Niafunke Districts

This 25 page report highlights the final results of an Emergency Cash Transfer project in Northern Mali with funding from USAID's Food for Peace. Read More...

COSACA 1 Final Evaluation

The COSACA consortium composed of Save the Children, Concern, Oxfam and Care International implemented with DFID funding from 1st of October 2013 to 30th of September 2016, but extended to 30th of November 2016, a project called - Floods Emergency Response and from 15th of December 2015 to 30th of October 2016, extending until 30th of November 2016 a Preparedness and Drought Response Project. The consortium was set up with the aim of making intervention modalities efficient and effective in emergency response issues regarding prevention and mitigation of the impact of natural disasters in the country.
This report presents the results of the level of project implementation in the two components: drought and floods. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, impact and sustainability of the activities implemented by COSACA, so that, on the basis of best practices and lessons learned, recommendations should stand out that will serve as a model for other consortia in Mozambique, in other African countries, and on the other hand, to improve future strategies for coordination and management of the consortium, as well as to propose better ways to implement future successful activities. Read More...

ECD Program Baseline Report Summary

The CARE ECD Program is being implemented in two districts in the Inhambane Province. Homoine is a small, densely populated district with 107 475 inhabitants as of 2007. Consumption poverty rates are around 51% with the majority of the population living along the coastline and along transit routes with access to some good farmland relative to the rest of the province.

Funhalouro is a large, sparsely populated district with 44 320 inhabitants as of 2007. The area is prone to food insecurity and drought. With a consumption poverty rate above 69%, Funhalouro is one of the most vulnerable and impoverished areas of Inhambane. Because it is remote and the population dispersed there are few development interventions in Funhalouro.

The ECD program is an implementation science project because we are finding out how best to implement a home-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) intervention in these two different sites. This focus on implementation science means that a large part of the evaluation of the ECD project will include on-going qualitative research on which implementation strategies work best where and why. Read More...

Projet Education Pour le Changement Rapport de l’Etude de Base

En juillet 2015, CARE Mali à travers le Programme Education a bénéficié du financement Patsy Collins Trust Funds Initiative (PCTFI) à travers CARE USA pour la mise en œuvre du projet novateur dénommé « Education For Change » (appelé Education Pour le Changement en Français et Jannde Yiriwere en langue locale Fulfulde). Education For Change (EFC) est partie intégrante d'un financement global accordé par CARE USA à sept pays dont le Mali pour les cinq prochaines années.En l'occurrence il s’agit du Zimbabwe, du Cambodge, du Kenya, du Rwanda, de l'Inde et du Népal.
Ce projet d'une durée de cinq ans sera mis en œuvre dans six communes des cercles de Bandiagara et Mopti de la région de Mopti (deux communes urbaines et quatre communes rurales). Les bénéficiaires sont estimés à 90.000 filles et garçons âgés de 10 à 18 ans, femmes et hommes. Les adolescents et adolescentes sont des non scolaires et scolaires au niveau de 50 écoles (primaires, fondamentales, secondaires, techniques et professionnelles). Les cibles sont les populations fortement affectées par les effets du changement climatique (sécheresse et inondation) et la crise socio-politique et sécuritaire survenue au Mali en 2012. Read More...

Global Partnership for Social Accountability- Strengthening Social Accountability in Education Baseline Survey

The purpose of this report is to present findings from baseline survey that was done concerning indicators for the Strengthening Social Accountability in the Education Sector in Malawi (SSAES). The baseline was done to provide the benchmark against the project’s key indicators for the purposes of monitoring, evaluation and learning.
The SSAES is a 3-year World Bank funded project being implemented by CARE Malawi, in partnership with the Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC). The project is funded through the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), a World Bank facility that supports civil society and governments to work together to solve critical governance challenges in developing countries. The SSAES project will be achieved through two key objectives, namely: - i) increased level of efficiency, transparency and accountability in the procurement processes; and ii) decreased teacher absenteeism. The project has a crosscutting component of Advocacy, Knowledge Management and Learning. The project is covering a total of 90 schools in six districts of Mzuzu City, Kasungu, Dedza, Balaka, Mwanza, and Mulanje.

The baseline was a cross sectional study using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Primary data was done using five data collection tools: School questionnaire, household questionnaire, Focus Group Discussions (FGD), Key Informants Interviews (KII) and Observational methods. Data was collected from 6 project districts. A total of 360 household questionnaires, 46 school questionnaires, 15 Focus Group Discussions and 18 Key Informant Interviews were administered. Besides, the baseline used secondary data through desk review. Read More...

Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced Resilience Baseline Study

The current SEWOH Nutrition Baseline Survey was conducted among women of reproductive age, infants and young children between the age of 6-23 months, as well as pre- and primary school children in Malawi in August and September 2015. The main objective of this survey was to describe the nutrition situation among the target groups in selected rural areas of the districts Dedza and Salima. Of special interest were Minimum Acceptable Diet (MAD) of infants and young children and Individual Dietary Diversity Score Women (IDDS-W). Further, it aimed to examine linkages between crop cultivation, dietary diversity and complementary feeding practices with living conditions as well as with knowledge and practice in regard to nutrition and hygiene. Read More...

Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative Cohort 2 Final Report

The project has observed that there is an increase in number of learners who are completing their primary education especially in the schools where PCFTI was being implemented. Three years ago because of various barriers only 50% of the learners would complete their primary education. However, this is no longer the case now. Though the average district completion rate for Kasungu is still low, the same has greatly improved in the schools where the project was being implemented. For instance, anecdotal evidence has shown that, completion rate among girls in primary education in the targeted schools has greatly improved. This has been achieved because of the effects of the combination of interventions such as strengthening of school and community based structures, facilitating development of School Improvement Plans (SIP) and the involvement of the Participatory Education Theatre (PET) groups which PCTFI has implemented for the past three years.

Support for HIV-Vulnerable Women in Rural Malawi: Economic Empowerment and HIV Prevention

Since January 2010, CARE Malawi has been implementing an HIV Prevention and Economic Empowerment Program with funding from Johnson & Johnson Foundation. The grant piloted and built on lessons that sought to reduce the risk of HIV infection and increase economic empowerment for 1310 women who were assessed to be at highest risk of HIV infection in the rural villages of Lilongwe District in Malawi. CARE hypothesized that integrating HIV prevention and economic empowerment would address economic vulnerabilities to HIV infection and support behavior change. The program was implemented in two phases or economic cycles as follows: (a) Pilot Phase (January to December 2011) covering villages in Traditional Authorities (TA) of Chitekwere, Kalumbu, and Mazengera. An interim evaluation was done in December 2011 at the end of this first economic cycle. (b) Followup Phase (January to December 2013) covering villages in two Traditional Authorities (TA Kalumbu, and TA Mazengera). In 2012 prior to the start of this Phase, the Program expanded to new areas or villages in the two Traditional Authories after dropping out TA Chitekwere’s area. This warranted conducting an Phase II Baseline Survey which was done in March 2013 to establish the situation at the start of the Folloup Phase. 1 Read More...

El Niño Response Baseline Report

The baseline survey was conducted in Nsanje and Ntcheu districts where CARE is implementing an El Nino response project for a period of one year. These two are some of the districts in Malawi that have heavily been affected by dry spells caused by the El Nino winds. It is estimated that 52,139 and 51,105 households will have no food of their own in Nsanje and Ntcheu respectively. The baseline was carried out to establish the basis for measuring the project intervention’s achievements. Read More...

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme

The baseline phase informed an array of indicators, a number of them contained in the programme level Log Frame (LF) and detailed in the Performance Measurement Framework for the programme. This covers indicators at the impact level, outcome level as well as under each of the five programme outputs. Some of these indicators are quantitative in nature, while others are meant to measure the quality of some of the outputs or processes being supported by the programme.
The main methods used during the baseline exercise to inform the indicator values included: a household survey covering the 11 targeted districts, focus groups, an agent-based modelling study, desk review, and an e-survey. Read More...

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