Evaluation of Praktisk Solidaritet’s Programme 2011–2015
Sida Decentralised Evaluations (Sida Review)
Nicklas Svensson , Gert Venghaus
This report outlines the results of the evaluation of Praktisk Solidaritet’s (PS’s) project, “Mat och kläder till västsahariska flyktingar”. This was an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and achieved results of the Sida-funded contribution to PS and highlights lessons learnt from the intervention. The evaluation adhered to OECD/DAC’s Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance recognising an impartial and neutral evaluation process. The evaluation approach emphasised meetings with beneficiaries and stakeholders to verify and validate reported results and to understand the chain of causality and attribution of results. The overall objective of the evaluation was to assess to what extent the project has reached the goal, objectives, results and performance as stated in the log frame and narrative proposal of the project. The scope of the evaluation includes an assessment of both PS’s internal management of the project and the implementation of the project in the refugee camps. The central conclusion of the evaluation is that PS’s project was relevant for Western Saharan refugees, that it was not able to fulfil the goals and project objectives set at the outset of the intervention and that PS had limited capacity to manage the design, monitoring and evaluation of the project. There is also a need for caution and careful reflective discussion among donors, UN agencies, and key NGOs about introducing the concept of the ‘most vulnerable’ and introducing a cash-/voucher-based distribution system. Some of the of recommendations: Sida should seriously consider an alternative to PS and new partners would need to have sufficient and qualified personnel with regular presence and better supervision of the intervention; Resume the distribution of tinned fatty fish support; Sufficiently frequent supply of second-hand clothes needs to be re-established as soon as possible; Support should be planned medium to long term; Beneficiary communication must be improved; and The concept of the ‘most vulnerable’ should be adapted to the cultural realities of the Sahrawi refugees i.e to the needs of the beneficiaries and not the convenience of the donors.