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CIDT consultants, Ella Haruna, Rufsana Begum and Canford Chiroro, were contracted to carry out a meta-analysis of external project evaluations relating to Plan UK programming over a two year period. The review aimed to draw out the learning from these evaluations, research reports and case studies to better understand and evidence the changes that are happening in the lives of adolescent girls as a result of Plan UK’s work.
The team reviewed 55 documents and carried out an initial mapping of the evidence available to select qualifying data for inclusion in the meta-analysis exercise, based on an criteria agreed with Plan UK. A rapid review of the evidence selected from 17 countries drew out key learning across different thematic areas of Plan UK’s work including Education, Protection, Economic Security and Sexual and Reproductive Rights; and an in-depth evidence review was conducted. Consultants successfully delivered two feedback workshop to Plan UK representatives in London, and delivered a 37 page learning report.
Independent Qualitative Research Study of Camfed’s Girls Education Challenge Step Change Window Project in Tanzania and ZimbabweContinue Reading
In September to October 2016, four CIDT consultants, Mary Surridge, Lilla Oliver, Sarah Thomas and Rufsana and two external consultants in Zimbabwe and Tanzania were contracted to undertake a qualitative study of Camfed’s Girls’ Education Challenge Step Change Window (GEC SCW) project in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, in order to contribute to, and complement the quantitative end line survey and better understand which elements of the project are working (or not), how and why.
Camfed’s GEC SCW project targets marginalised girls in rural communities of Zimbabwe and Tanzania with an aim of increasing girls’ retention through a full cycle of early secondary education and improving their opportunities to learn. The project interventions are targeted in 24 districts in Zimbabwe and 11 in Tanzania, in 991 secondary schools, and include:
- Providing financial support to meet girls’ material needs, combined with targeted local initiatives to tackle obstacles to girls’ retention and ensure a supportive educational environment.
- Developing and distributing low-cost, self-directed study guides in core curriculum subjects to support academic learning as well as a broader life skills curriculum.
- Enabling young women on leaving school to play a role as Learner Guides, supporting children in their local schools while gaining status and opportunities.
- Reinforcing existing local government and community structures to respond to the needs of marginalised girls, safeguard their rights and entitlements and reinforce children protection, and ultimately to influence policy.
- Pioneering use of mobile technology to capture real-time data about girls, their schools and communities, and to open up opportunities for networking and access to educational resources.
- Engaging with national education partners to develop and review the approach under the GEC, and to identify opportunities for key lessons and practices to be adopted more widely.
The consultants travelled to various districts including, Gokwe, Umguza, Kibaha and Harare in Zimbabwe and Rufiji, Morogoro, Handeni and Pangani in Tanzania to conduct their evaluation. They met with a broad range of in-country actors and stakeholders, including schools, headteachers, teachers, District Operations Secretariats/District Coordinators, Community Development Committees, School Development Committees (Zimbabwe only), Ministry of Education District Education Officers, local officials, community groups, male and female students and young girls involved in the project.
Following the country visit, the consultants successfully delivered a validation workshop in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, with stakeholders, including CAMFED representatives presenting the preliminary findings and will merge both country findings to deliver a final research report.
CIDT facilitates workshops on Managing For Development Results (MfDR) in the areas of Gender and Youth in Africa10 October 20161530 Views
As part of its Africa for Results Initiative (AfriK4R), the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) – which is chaired by the African Development Bank (AfDB)* – recently held two workshops to provide participants with practical MfDR tools and strategies for developing a results culture in their groups and communities. These were:
- The Gender for Results (G4R) Knowledge and Training Event held on August 24-26, 2016 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
- The Youth for Results (Y4R) Knowledge and Training Event held on August 31-Sept. 2, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal
The overall goal the workshops was to inform, dialogue with and empower African gender leaders, by enhancing their abilities and roles as change agents to help trigger and accelerate Africa’s transformation. The specific objectives were to:
- Train the G4R Thematic Group on MfDR in the context of Gender; and train the Y4R Thematic Group on MfDR in the context of Youth
- Foster discussions on achieving results within the AfriK4R, including discussions on the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (for the G4R group) and on the role of youth in the Agenda 2063 and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Offer networking opportunities among members and with donors and/or development organisation representatives, involving exchange/sharing of best practices and success inspiration
- Agree upon the content and the implementation of the G4R and Y4R Action Plans
CIDT’s Mary Surridge and Kimberly Kane prepared the materials for the sessions on Gender, Youth and MfDR. Participant manuals on Gender for Results (G4R) and Youth for Results (Y4R) were produced in both English and French, along with case studies and sector-specific examples for the application of MfDR tools such as problem analysis, stakeholder analysis, options analysis, risk management, and LogFrames.
These materials were well appreciated by the client, having attested that: “These Manuals proved to be very useful for the understanding by the AfCoP G4R and Y4R groups. Their tailoring enabled each group to gain a specific case study in their field and this approach resonated with their concerns, issues and needs.”
CIDT’s Mary Surridge facilitated the two workshops. Participants came from more than 25 different countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Western African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) regions. A total of 36 women leaders and approximately 11 AfDB/AfCoP personnel attended the G4R event; and 40 youth leaders and 8 AfDB/AfCoP personnel participated in the Y4R event.
Both workshops were extremely well received. They were highly participatory, with the delegates practicing the use of each of the MfDR tools. The quality of the discussion generated was high and the activities provided opportunities for debate and dialogue about the key issues facing initiatives to increase gender equality and the empowerment of female and male youth.
“We appreciated the diligence of CIDT and its professionalism from inception, preparation to reporting. The AfCoP Secretariat, hosted by the African Development Bank, would therefore highly recommend CIDT to other organizations,” said Dr. Julie Ladel, Chair of AfCoP.
* Note: AfDB, in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), provides support to AfCoP members to strengthen development processes in countries and regional economic communities. It partners with COMESA and WAEMU to accelerate regional policy implementation through MfDR tools and principles.
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