Final Evaluation of the Natural Resource Management Facility At Act! - Final Report
Sida Decentralised Evaluation
Sida Decentralised Evaluations (Sida Review)
Eric Buhl-Nielsen , Winnie Wangari Wairimu
The Embassy of Sweden in Kenya commissioned the evaluation of the 197 SEK Sweden (and the United Kingdom) supported five-year project that is hosted at the NGO Act! (Act Change Transform), also referred to as the Changieni Rasili-Mali (CRM) Facility. The goal of the CRM facility was “to improve participation of citizens, including the poor, in the governance and sustainable utilisation of natural resources in Kenya”. The evaluation team, based on detailed interviews, focus group discussions and desk review found that the programme was largely successful, and efficiently delivered. It responded strategically to the opportunities available as a result of the devolution process, and as informed by a strategic environmental assessment as well as an analysis of challenges facing civil society. Largely, all projects and interventions examined contributed explicitly to the objectives of the CRM facility. However, the programme faced some challenges, some persisting consistently despite detection during the midterm evaluation in 2015 e.g. late training. Largely, the envisaged breakthrough progress in providing a sustainable and longer-term platform for civil society within natural resources management was not achieved, nor in hindsight was it achievable through a 4 to 5 year programme. Partly due to its fragmented nature, the programme was less effective in achieving a critical mass that could sustainably address land and natural management resource issues. The evaluation recommends that Sweden and DfiD fund a consolidation and scaleup phase with emphasis on interventions that require additional support to make them sustainable and/or those where there is a high potential for scaling up and a viable exit strategy.