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CARE International in Pakistan (CIP) Humanitarian Project in North Waziristan Tribal District (NWTD): End of Project Evaluation Final Report

Over five million persons from the tribal districts of ex-FATA region were displaced over the last decade. Over 90% of these persons have now returned and face massive humanitarian needs. CARE International in Pakistan (CIP) implemented a humanitarian project in NWTD through a local partner (PRDS) focused on WASH and shelter. In October 2019, CIP commissioned an independent evaluation of the project to assess its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. The evaluation collected information through a desk review of key documents, 8 FGDs and 200 household interviews with men and women in the project locations, 8 key informant interviews and physical observations. Overall, the quality and impact of the project is high, which is especially commendable given the extremely challenging work environment and external constraints. Read More...

Where the Rain Falls Phase III (2017 – 2019): Final Evaluation Report

In 2009, the Where the Rain Falls (WtRF) initiative started as a three-year research project investigating the impact of rainfall variability on food and livelihood security, and migration.

This research culminated in a global policy report (2012) and the development of more action-oriented community-based adaptation (CBA) pilot projects in each India, Thailand and Bangladesh. A second phase (2014 – 2016), and later a third phase (2017 – 2019), aimed to scale results, impacts and lessons learned to date for broader support for, and uptake of, CBA methods and approaches.

In October 2019, CARE France engaged an International Consultant to lead WtRF’ first multi-county evaluation. As per the Terms of Reference (TORs) for this evaluation (see Annex IV) the main objectives of the evaluation are two-fold:
(i) to assess the degree of achievement of the WtRF global and specific objectives in India and Thailand respectively; and
(ii) to extract common and/or comparable lessons learned about factors contributing to and hindering achievements (e.g. barriers and enablers) Read More...

Supporting Partnerships and Resilience of Communities (SPARC) in Northern Rakhine State End-of-Project Evaluation

The Supporting Partnerships and Resilience of Communities (SPARC) project, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), was implemented in Maungdaw District, northern Rakhine State between December 2011- December 2019.

SPARC’s goal is to contribute to the sustainable reduction of poverty in communities through improving the social and economic position of poor, vulnerable households, and to strengthen household and community capacity to sustain such improvements. To achieve this goal, CARE implements integrated livelihood activities that improve food security and economic opportunities, including community forestry, crop productivity intensification, facilitating access to education and introducing financial services through Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA).

An end-of-project evaluation was recently commissioned ‘to determine if SPARC achieved its end of project outcomes of sustainable reduction of poverty in poor, vulnerable communities and strengthened household and community capacity to sustain such improvements’.

The evaluation used a mixed method approach combining a literature review and quantitative data sets drawn primarily from the project monitoring system, together with qualitative data, collected using participatory approaches such as focus group discussions (FGD), key informant interviews (KII), and Stories of Change Interviews (SoCs). Read More...

RESI Final Evaluation

The Rural Economic Sustainability Initiative (RESI) aimed to support inclusive and sustainable rural economic
development in four target municipalities in Kosovo: Prishtinë/Priština, Novo Brdo/Novobrdë, Kamenicë/a and
Ranil(l)ug. The approach utilised built on a very successful previous project and featured grants to MSME in agriculture,
capacity development of municipality agriculture departments and a special focus on empowerment of women and
socio-economically vulnerable groups.

Relevance. RESI was found to be highly relevant to the four chosen municipalities and filled critical gaps that were
impeding rural economic development at farmer, processor and local government levels.

Effectiveness. RESI has delivered its outputs which is a massive achievement in such a short 3 year period. The
project met or exceeded each of its targets as per the output indicators. In terms of outcomes, specific targets were
not set but increased income and job creation has occurred and can be linked to RESI.

Efficiency. RESI was highly efficient. As compared to the previous (IRDS) project the RESI team scaled up all aspects
of the project across 4 municipalities and dispersed twice as many grants in only 3 year (as compared with 5).

Impact. Data gathered by the RESI team shows that 285 new full-time jobs and 490 seasonal jobs have been created
so far. Income of grant recipients has increased by 53% on average.

Sustainability. Overall signs are good, but it is too soon to concretely assess sustainability.



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Final Evaluation Report: Nourishing the Future II Project, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

The CARE-Cargill Nourishing the Future II project was implemented in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica between September 2016 and August 2019 (36 months). Its primary objective was to help producers and women micro-entrepreneurs improve the quality of life of their families, assuring their food security and the sustainable management of natural resources.

Six impact indicators and 32 outcome indicators were tracked for Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and 11 indicators were applied in Costa Rica, where we implemented a subset of interventions (food security, nutrition and hygiene). Overall, when comparing indicators to their baselines, the average effectiveness was 72%, with Honduras achieving the best results and Nicaragua having less favorable results due to ongoing social, political and economic issues.

Among the most relevant findings of the evaluation were the success of Cargill’s inclusive business model and value chains in integrating small producers and micro-entrepreneurs into markets; an increase in the resilience of households to the effects of climate change; an increase in the use of sustainable agricultural practices; and an increase in incomes as a result of market sales, access to financial services and related training. Moreover, we observed the target beneficiaries working together in rural savings unions, cooperatives and producer associations, supporting the provision of financial, technical and marketing services to their members. Regarding food security and nutrition, our work with schools led to an increase in the consumption of healthy foods at the household level. The project increased access to nutrient-rich foods through community, school and family gardens as well as increased knowledge and application of good practices in sanitation and hygiene.
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Terminal Evaluation of “Safe Motherhood Promotion Project Phase II”

This report details the findings from a quasi-experimental terminal evaluation of the Safe Motherhood Promotion Project (SMPP) conducted in the Narsingdi district of Bangladesh. SMPP is a Japanese aid-funded technical cooperation project aimed at developing local capacities to tackle maternal and newborn health problems in rural areas. The project aims to have a favorable impact on women’s access to and knowledge of maternal health care during pregnancy and childbirth. The project comprises a package of interlinked interventions to facilitate safe motherhood practices at primary and secondary care levels. This evaluation means to assess the achievements and implementation process based on five Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria consist of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact, and Sustainability. Read More...

PROMOTING A SUSTAINABLE AND FOOD SECURE WORLD (PROSPER) – FINAL EVALUATION – REPORT

CARE and Cargill have built on their fifty years partnership in implementing PROSPER Project: Promoting a Sustainable and Food Secure World in seven countries. Two phases of the project have already been implemented during globally and in Egypt. In Egypt, the Phase II work called the Origination and Development of Soya Bean Smallholder Farmers project. The project addressed the food and livelihood security of farming families in the three governorates of Minia, Behera and Beni Suef, and ended in July, 2017.

CARE and Cargill has launched a third phase of the project in 2018. The goal for Phase III is to create a more inclusive socio-economic environment along the soybean value chain for small-scale farmers in Egypt. The project targeted 3000 farmers.

The evaluation focused on providing an overview of the project’s relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The evaluation assessed assess the status of achievement of project indicators, identified implementation challenges, derived lessons learned and recommendations for future phases of the project.

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Sawtaha (Her Voice) صوتها

This current study was proposed to garner further analysis on the current situation across the five States in Darfur, to better understand the level of women’s meaningful participation and leadership in peace building mechanisms. The research questions focused on the four key areas of CARE International Sudan’s framework for gender equality: advance her human capital; avail the space; engage men and boys; and create an enabling environment.

The recommendation of the study focuses on (1) addressing the negative impact of male authority on women participation in CBRMs, (2) generating new knowledge and values that favour women’s participation in the public domain, (3) educating and building women’s leadership capacities, (4) addressing issues of SGBV through prevention, protection and service provision programs Read More...

Proyecto “Gestión del riesgo y uso productivo del agua procedente de glaciares: Glaciares+”

Este informe presenta la evaluación externa final del proyecto "Gestión del Riesgo y Uso Productivo del Agua de Glaciares - Glaciares +" (también denominado “proyecto Glaciares Fase II”, o simplemente PG+).

En el marco de la evaluación se realizaron en Abril de 2018 visitas a terreno durante 2 semanas, a las 3 zonas de intervención del proyecto, a saber:

1. Cuenca del río Cañete, provincias de Cañete y Yauyos, Departamento de Lima
2. Cordillera Blanca, Callejón de Huaylas, Departamento de Ancash, subcuenca del río Quillcay
3. Cuenca del río Vilcanota-Urubamba, Departamento de Cusco.

Ambas fases del proyecto “Glaciares” han sido implementadas por un consorcio formado por CARE Perú y la Universidad de Zurich (UZH). En esta segunda fase UZH representa a las entidades científicas suizas École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Centre de Recherche sur l'Environnement Alpin (CREALP) y Meteodat. El grupo objetivo del proyecto incluye comunidades y organizaciones de las cuencas fluviales, profesionales de diversas instituciones peruanas, autoridades y funcionarios nacionales, regionales y locales, académicos y estudiantes de universidades estatales en Ancash, Cusco y Lima-Cañete.

El objetivo central de la segunda fase del proyecto, Glaciares+, se enfoca en los siguientes tres principales resultados esperados:

1. Las instituciones públicas cuentan con condiciones propicias para la promoción de medidas de
adaptación y gestión de riesgos de origen glaciares;

2. Los actores clave, como los gobiernos regionales y locales y el sector privado, implementan
medidas de adaptación y gestión a partir de las oportunidades que ofrece el retroceso de
glaciares;

3. El ámbito académico, los sectores público y privado construyen capacidades y conocimientos
que satisfacen las demandas locales y globales de gestión de riesgo de desastres y de adaptación al cambio climático.
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Proyecto Binacional Ecuador-Peru “JUNTOS ANTE EL ZIKA”: AMBITO – PERÚ

El presente documento es el informe final del desempeño del proyecto binacional “Juntos ante el Zika” en su implementación en Perú por parte de CARE desde setiembre del 2016 hasta agosto del 2019. El proyecto tuvo como objetivos principales el fortalecer las capacidades comunitarias, locales y nacionales para responder al brote del virus Zika, así como mejorar los esfuerzos comunitarios, locales, regionales y nacionales para reducir las tasas de transmisión del Zika.

La evaluación del proyecto en Perú se llevó a cabo en las zonas de intervención en 20 distritos de 10 provincias de los departamentos de Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque y Cajamarca. Luego de la elaboración del plan de trabajo y el diseño metodológico de evaluación, se recopiló información secundaria y se levantó información en campo a través de entrevistas, grupos focales y una encuesta con escala Likert. La evaluación se enmarcó en 5 bloques: Aspectos generales, Movilización comunitaria, Vigilancia epidemiológica comunitaria, Cambio social y de comportamiento, y Planificación y coordinación interinstitucional.

Los principales hallazgos de la evaluación determinan que, en el Perú, en los aspectos operativos a nivel de cobertura como en la percepción de los actores clave, el proyecto ha cumplido sus objetivos. Constituye la primera experiencia de control vectorial con base comunitaria apoyado por innovaciones tecnológicas y de comunicaciones. Facilitó el trabajo articulado de autoridades municipales, salud, educación y otros sectores para realizar estrategias de prevención frente al Zika y elevar conocimientos de los riesgos y formas de prevención de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores. Read More...

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