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Final Project Evaluation Northern Uplands – Promoting Climate Resilience

The Northern Uplands - Promoting Climate Resilience (NU-PCR) is implemented by CARE International in Lao PDR in partnership with the Comité de Coopération avec le Laos (CCL) and the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association (SAEDA). The project, funded by the European Union (EU), CARE Denmark, and OXFAM (OHK), is designed to improve the resilience of local ethic communities in Phongsaly to the impacts of climate change and to strengthen the capacity of government authorities and local ethnic communities. The objective of the project is to enable improved resilience of remote ethnic upland communities, in particular women, to the impact of climate variability and change, and contribute to the achievement of MDGs 1, 3, and 7. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the project’s success in implementing activities and in attaining the project’s goals and expected results.

NU-PCR has implemented a wide variety of activities to increase the resilience of ethnic communities to climate change and climate variability. The project has been successful in achieving its objectives and expected results. Improvements in households’ resilience to climate change have been validated from results of the end-line study in comparison to baseline values. Project support for cardamom and tea production; intercropping galangal, pineapple, and fruit trees; piloting rattan, bee keeping, and soybeans; vegetable gardening; improved rice production; mushroom production; fishponds; and support to women’s savings and loans groups has resulted in reducing the impact of climatic hazards and improving villagers’ incomes.
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REDUCING MORBIDITY AND MALNUTRITION RATES AND INCREASING SELF-SUFFICIENCY THROUGH INTEGRATED WASH RESPONSES IN EAST AND SOUTH DARFUR

In Darfur, CARE has been focusing on providing assistance and support in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH, agriculture, food security, early recovery of market systems and peace building with various donors such as OFDA, ECHO, Dutch MoFA, UNDP UNICEF, WFP, and other private agencies.

CARE has been working through ECHO funding in East Darfur and South Darfur implementing emergency WASH activities since 2009. The 2018 funding covered the same areas of East and South Darfur as well as extension activities in South Kordofan, reaching refugees, IDPs and affected nearby host communities.

CARE International was able to sustain operation and maintenance of 6 water yards in Geredia (4 mortised and 2 solar pumps) and sustain O&M in Kalma (,6 solar pumps, one mortised system, rehabilitation of existing 12 water points and 9 hand pumps). In East Darfur, CARE contributed to the rehabilitation of one yards in Kairo for host community, O&M for 2 water yards in Kairo Refugees camps and 11 water distribution points in addition to 30 km of distribution network. CARE was able to construct and distribute 100 slabs household latrines in Gereida, and construction of 186 households’ latrine in Kalma camp. All details including hygiene promotion activities issues are reflected in the body of discussion.

Thanks to CARE’s actions, all water points visited were hygienic and protected from contamination with human and animals using separate water trough and drainage basins. The average water consumption per day is near 15 liters/consumption/day with proper distance. All plans were implemented as per the observation the team had in the visited sites and the reports received from the project staff and community representatives. In some cases, over plan accomplishment were reported.

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Implementation of Social Accountability Framework (ISAF) Project

This is the End of Project Evaluation for CARE’s Implementation of Social Accountability Framework (ISAF) Project. ISAF was implemented in four target provinces (Ratank Kiri, Mondul Kiri, Koh Kong and Kampot) over 36 months (2016-2018). ISAF aimed to reduce poverty through democratic, inclusive and equitable local governance and more accessible and equitable public service delivery. ISAF worked with local NGOs (LNGOs) that were provided grants through the project and citizens of the four targeted provinces who received improved services (commune, health centres and primary schools).
Impact indicators report resounding levels of satisfaction by citizens of local services, responsiveness of local service providers (as perceived by citizens) and discernable improvement in local services delivery (as perceived by citizens). End of project targets and MTR levels are by far exceeded in all categories. End of project targets and MTR levels are by far exceeded in all categories, the only exceptions being the OO1 and OO2. OO1’s target was exactly met, while for *OO2 accurate data was not able to be sourced, given that the maternal mortality rate is measured at a provincial level and was not calculated by the government during the project period.
An alternative indicator of impact over the past three years, is the percentage of women giving birth at a public health facility, which increased (44% to 56%), while the percentage of women giving birth at home decreased (29% to 10%).1 This reflects that ISAF (amongst other factors) contributed to the impact/change in beneficiary behavior i.e. that women are accessing more health care facilities to give birth. Read More...

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A STEP TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE (SESTI)

This is the 34 page final evaluation of "Social Entrepreneurship: a Step towards Independence. SESTI Project" by CARE International in cooperation with partners organizations Centre for Roma Initiatives (CRI) from Niksic and Bona Fide from Pljevlja started implementation of the project. This project was funded by the EU through the IPA 2014 Civil Society Facility Montenegro Programme.
The focus of this project is support to the Montenegro civil society organizations in the struggle to achieve sustainability of their core operations and achieve independence of their fundamental programs from the donors’ funding. To raise stability and independence of the civil society sector, the project recognised economic empowerment of NGOs and, more particularly, NGO engagement in social entrepreneurship, as one of the best “tools”, which will help them maintain their full mandate to represent the citizens in achievement of their rights. Read More...

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