Four evaluations currently underway for SDC in Chad
During the month of June, two teams of evaluators will be carrying out evaluations of projects by four Chadian partners of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. These are part of a broader project including 9 evaluations over a period of two years for the same organization which aims to monitor the increased level of autonomy of the Chadian NGOs.
Groupe URD will be carrying out 9 evaluations for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation between June 2011 and March 2013. These evaluations concern 9 Chadian NGOs who have taken over regional development programmes previously run by the SDC for more than 10 years.
At the end of these regional programmes, the staff involved set themselves up as Chadian NGOs and are currently being provided with support by the SDC over a period of two years to become more autonomous. The evaluations are part of this transitional period.
Each evaluation will look at the progress being made with programme implementation and the level of autonomy of the NGOs, both at strategic and organisational levels. Practical recommendations will be made to reinforce the viability, the sustainability and the relevance of each programme, as well as the capacity of each organization to be autonomous
Seven of these NGOs are involved in rural economics, basic education and community health, integrating cross-cutting approaches to gender and governance. The two others are specialized in environmental protection programmes: combating the silting-up of oases and improving the productive potential of palm groves and protecting the natural resources around the refugee camps in the Wadi Fira Region. All these programmes aim to contribute to the reduction of poverty by supporting community initiatives which develop the potential of each region.
Each evaluation will be carried out by two evaluators, with one Chadian consultant and one Groupe URD consultant. The methodology used throughout these evaluations is based on the following key principles: a participatory approach, triangulation of information, an informative evaluation, transparency in the analysis and an approach based on the 12 criteria of the Quality Compas.
Four evaluations are being carried out in the field during the month of June 2012. These will focus on the following partners:
- BAPE, in the Wadi Fira Region (programme to protect the agro pastoral environment around refugee camps).
- APDI, in the Moyen Chari Region (programme linked to the farming and production system, environmental conservation, education, gender and health).
- AIDER, in the Bahr El Gazal Chari Region (programme linked to the farming and production system, environmental conservation, education, gender and health).
- MODEL, in Logone River Basin (programme linked to production systems, education, gender and health).
The other evaluations will be carried out in Chad at a later date.