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Assisting vulnerable food insecure household recovery from mid-season drought and erratic rainfall project for CARE international Zimbabwe – Final Evaluation Report

CARE International in Zimbabwe (CIZ) implemented a twelve months emergency intervention programme titled ‘Assisting vulnerable food insecure household recovery from mid-season drought and erratic rainfall’ in Gwanda and Beitbridge districts of Matabeleland South province. The programme that targeted 30 000 individuals (23% of the total population) went on to implement interventions under cropping, livestock and economic recovery activities and assisted the most vulnerable households (15% of total beneficiaries) with small livestock and small grains. These vulnerable households were targeted to recover from the impact of previous drought years, erratic rainfalls and mid-season dry spells aiming to prevent a potential decline into severe food insecurity. Read More...

Final Evaluation of the Project Building resilience among refugees and their Jordanian hosts

From the period 1/09/2017- 31/08/2019, CARE International in Jordan implemented a project titled “Building resilience among refugees and their Jordanian hosts” and the project aimed at supporting vulnerable Syrian refugees and Jordanians to enhance resilience and protection, especially from gender-based violence (GBV), through improved access for men and women to dignified, sustainable livelihoods in the Syria crisis highly-impacted areas of Amman, Zarqa and the Azraq refugee camp, while promoting social cohesion between Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians through joint programming and the provision of dignified solutions for long-term urgent cash needs.

Findings
• An effective project design and proposal document which included all components of a proposal document and it is considered to be a strong basis for an effective implementation process.
• Availability of planning documents to include detailed work plans, log frames, need analysis.
• Availability of M&E system.
• Conformity with donor regulations and standards.
• The implemented project responded to a number of strategies to include the Jordan Response plan and CARE International annual plans and strategies.

Conclusions:
According to literature and desk review we conclude the following;
• Project’s provided documents in design and planning phases in addition to the implemented M&E process supported to accelerate the effectiveness of project operations and implementations and this is evident through the desk review and interviews with consortium partners who acknowledge this aspect.
• It is evident that the project was designed to respond to national strategies like the Jordan Response Plan 2018-2020.
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CONTEXT AND POLICY ANALYSIS, ACTION & ADVOCACY STRATEGY FOR THE « WOMEN IN ENTERPRISE» PROGRAM

The present study is part of the development of an advocacy strategy that aims to conduct a comprehensive analysis of existing policies that may or may not be favorable to women entrepreneurs, the context and actors of their implementation in Côte d'Ivoire. To guide the design of a national advocacy strategy for the «Women in Enterprise» Program, with a focus on advocacy for the development of women entrepreneurs.

Data collection was carried out in Abidjan and in the regions of TONKPI and GBÊKÊ among actors involved in the issues of women's empowerment, financial inclusion and women's entrepreneurship.

Following data collection and data analysis, it appears that:
- Policy and institutional framework for women's empowerment, financial inclusion and entrepreneurship is provided.
- Government has made efforts to facilitate the creation of businesses through the Single Window CEPICI, but some conditions limit women in their process to start a business.
- Structures and programs have been created for entrepreneurship development and funds have been mobilized and made available to women, but access to these initiatives remains limited due to the conditions of grant and interest for some and lack of information for others.

At the end of the analyzes, barriers to the development of entrepreneurship were identified; these include low women education, limited access to credit, land and information related to entrepreneurial activities and lack of entrepreneurial culture.

Some recommendations for the development of women's entrepreneurship were formulated to the different institutional, technical and financial stakeholders and areas of cooperation for advocacy have been identified. Read More...

Women in Enterprise Phase II – Taking Enterprise Development for Women Empowerment to Scale – BASELINE STUDY REPORT

Care CIV through Care Nederland has received funding from the H & M Foundation to implement the Women in Enterprise project. This project has two phases, one of which is more focused on entrepreneurship training for women from VSLA groups and women's associations and awareness raising on women's entrepreneurship that has been implemented from June 2015 to March 2017.

In the second phase of the project, which began on April 1, 2017, credits will be granted to beneficiaries for the launch or development of their activities. However, before deploying the package of activities planned during this phase, a baseline study was conducted to get an idea of the situation or environment of the beneficiaries. The results of this study will serve as a basis for establishing the project's performance indicators and measuring the effects and impact of the project over time. Read More...

The end-line report of “Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Study of Women’s and Men’s Different Roles for “WE SHARE THE LOAD” Project

CARE Egypt in partnership with Ariel has implemented a project called “We Share the Load” to address women‟s economic and social empowerment and provide them with an opportunity to improve their livelihoods. The objective of the project is to enable “Women in the targeted communities to be able to economically and socially participate in lifting their families out of poverty in a society that is built on gender justice.” The project targets 1000 women/female headed household and 200 men, in two main locations within Assuit governorate: Tatalia village and Arab Tatalia.

Evaluation shows that there are a number of females who works just and that the ratio of female to family members‟ labor force participation rate in the targeted communities reached 16.8%, which indicate that women in targeted communities are economically able to participate in lifting their families out of poverty. However, since the baseline study did not measure all the project‟s indicators, the evaluation team could not assess if the goal objective is achieved or not.

On the other hand, the study tried to identify respondents‟ satisfaction with their current financial situation as compared to the year before the project to define the project‟s role in improving their financial situation. Results indicate that only 30% of respondents are satisfied with their financial situation, and 68.3% stated some improvement in their financial situation compared to previous year. This is consistent with the results of the qualitative study where respondents stated that the increase in their incomes was less than rise in prices. Read More...

EVALUCION FINAL DE PROYECTO: “EDUCACIÓN PARA EL DESARROLLO E INCLUSIÓN FINANCIERA

El presente documento constituye el Informe Final del “Estudio de Línea de Base del Proyecto Educación para el Desarrollo e Inclusión Financiera EFI", desarrollado por el equipo consultor de Mi Chacra de acuerdo a los términos de referencia de CARE Perú. La consultoría tenía el objetivo de evaluar los resultados y el impacto del proyecto, considerando sólo uno de sus ejes fundamentales, el referido a familias emprendedoras. El proyecto se desarrolló en los departamentos de Lambayeque, La Libertad, Junín y Arequipa, con la finalidad de validar un modelo replicable que contribuya al desarrollo económico de las familias menos favorecidas dentro de un entorno en el que tengan las herramientas necesarias para el acceso al sector financiero formal como elemento para el crecimiento de mediano plazo.
Además de presentar los resultados globales del trabajo de campo, consideramos imprescindible hacer una división a nivel departamental debido tanto a las diferencias en los desarrollos relativos de cada uno de ellos que existían desde la línea de base, como en el propio desarrollo del proyecto. La principal conclusión al observar los principales indicadores de resultado es que el proyecto ha conseguido o superado los objetivos propuestos, lo que se destaca y analiza con detalle en el presente informe final de la consultoría. Read More...

Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement in the Community

Overall, P.A.C.E project has empowered all participating female migrant in terms of agency and created solidarity and platforms for them to speak out about their interests.
Firstly, the project has enhanced 412 female urban migrants’ personal agency through 280 training sessions on life-skills with three previous core P.A.C.E. modules – 1) communication; 2) problem solving and decision making; and 3) time and stress management and one new module on financial literacy to support women to save and manage their finances. This module also supports the implementation of two village savings and loans (VSLAs) in the target locations.
Secondly, the project has successfully established two VSLA groups in 2 locations and improved female urban migrants’ financial inclusion by increasing their access to savings and loans. While it took time for the targeted groups to build their trust within the group and with the model, hence, the process of forming VSLA group only happened near the end of the project; they have all acknowledged that VSLA is an effective tool for financial management.
Thirdly, the project has created useful platform and increased opportunities for female urban migrants’ to come together to discuss issues that collectively affect them and raise their voice, not only through the training sessions but also with the VSLA meeting, which will continue to be held monthly. Many participants who were not used to speak up have shown remarkable changes with their newly equipped skills. They have successfully applied their new knowledge and skills in their daily life for better life, work and relationship management. Read More...

A Decade of Results in Social Transformation for Chronically Food Insecure Rural Women

CARE Ethiopia recognizes that gender-transformative approaches are ambitious, and context-specific, and that change is an incremental process instead of an endpoint, 4 but critical pause points to reflect on learning are key, and thus this document captures the critical knowledge and results CARE Ethiopia has identified over the past decade relevant to their first impact group “Chronically Food Insecure Rural Women” (CFIRW). Read More...

Rapport d’évaluation Finale du Projet Fagnoitse

Financé par OFDA et opérationnalisé par CARE International à Madagascar, le projet Fagnoitse a pour objectif de renforcer la résilience des populations vulnérables touchées par la sécheresse dans le sud de Madagascar. Son budget total s’élève à 1 262 725 USD pour une durée de 12 mois.
L’intervention vise au total 42 000 individus directs et se concentre sur trois volets dont :
1. Amélioration de la production agricole et de la sécurité alimentaire en fournissant : des intrants adéquats (semences/plants améliorés et résistants à la sécheresse), des outils, une formation aux techniques résilientes au climat (12,000 personnes) ; formation et mise en place d’installations de stockage pour la sécurité des semences et des productions agricoles (12,000 personnes) ; fourniture de petits ruminants/volaille, coupons d’alimentation/fourrage, formation technique (6,000 personnes);
2. Soutien de la reprise économique et des systèmes de marché en restaurant les moyens de subsistance (6,000 personnes) ; le soutien au développement de nouvelles entreprises en fonction de la mise en place de groupe d’épargne et de crédit (12,000 personnes) et le soutien à la transformation agricole/produits de la pêche (12,000 personnes) ; élaboration de business plans (9,000 personnes) ;
3. Promotion de l’accès à l’eau et l’hygiène par la mise en place/opérationnalisation de 120 comités de gestion des transports d'eau, la fourniture de charrettes à boeufs et des futs (12,000 personnes) ; fourniture d'équipements de stockage d’eau (900 personnes), la fourniture de séances de sensibilisation/information sur l’hygiène, l'alimentation et la nutrition (36,000 personnes), et la fourniture de kits Wash (bidons d’eau, seaux d’eau, gobelet, barres de savon) (3,000 personnes). Read More...

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) in Mukuru and Kajiado, 2019

BACKGROUND
The Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) is a five-year (2015-2020) education project that is seeking to empower marginalized in-and out-of-school adolescent girls and boys aged 10-19 years in urban informal Nairobi (Mukuru) and rural Kajiado areas of Kenya. The AEP is focusing on three main areas: (i) adolescent sexual and reproductive health, (ii) economic empowerment and (iii) use of ICT to support and enhance learning.

OBJECTIVES
The specific objectives of the midline study were to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices of adolescents on ASRH, gender norms, saving and economic empowerment, financial literacy, youth leadership and decision making, education and schooling.

METHODS
Quantitative and qualitative methods were used.

KEY FINDINGS
- The AEP was associated with likelihood of adolescents seeking SRH services, increased confidence to access SRH services and higher intention to use contraceptives.
- Negative gender norms and harmful traditional practices are prevalent, especially in Kajiado.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ likelihood to save.
- At midline, there were increases in adolescents with economic empowerment.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ financial literacy.
- The AEP was associated with greater participation in youth groups and improved youth leadership norms.
- The AEP had marginal effects on schooling outcomes such as learning and attendance.
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