Mid-Term Evaluation of the National Employment Programme, Rwanda

2017-04-26

Publication Author:
Sarah Gray, Charles Twesigye-Bakwatsa, David Muganwa and Marcienne Umubyeyi
Series:
Serier – Sida Decentralised Evaluations (Sida Review)
Description:
2017:11 Sida Decentralised Evaluation / 2017:11. This Mid-Term Evaluation has focused on the core activities under Pillar I and II of the National Employment Programme (NEP) in Rwanda. The evaluation covers the period from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016. The evaluation was planned and implemented in a transparent and participatory manner respecting stakeholders’ views while ensuring the independence of the evaluation consultants, according to OECD/DAC quality standards. The evaluation applied the DAC criteria for evaluating development assistance: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Some of the major findings are: The NEP is effectively aligned to “Rwanda’s Vision 2020” and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) 2013-2018. NEP is relevant in that it addresses high unemployment and poverty among the youth and women groups. Beneficiaries are, however, mostly urban- and peri-urban based. In general, the outputs generated by the programme and the processes through which they are generated are efficient. However, the level of efficiency varies from output to output. In terms of job creation, establishing a framework for reliably estimating the number of jobs actually created or the actual extent to which NEP is influential in achieving job creation, is acknowledged to be very challenging and resource intensive. There is no monitoring beyond the activity level, so actual achievements cannot be comprehensively understood or publicised. It is concluded that Sida should positively consider an extension of its funding to NEP. However, some progress on implementing the M&E and capacity building recommendations should be a condition of Sida’s continued support.2017:11. This Mid-Term Evaluation has focused on the core activities under Pillar I and II of the National Employment Programme (NEP) in Rwanda. The evaluation covers the period from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016. The evaluation was planned and implemented in a transparent and participatory manner respecting stakeholders’ views while ensuring the independence of the evaluation consultants, according to OECD/DAC quality standards. The evaluation applied the DAC criteria for evaluating development assistance: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Some of the major findings are: The NEP is effectively aligned to “Rwanda’s Vision 2020” and the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) 2013-2018. NEP is relevant in that it addresses high unemployment and poverty among the youth and women groups. Beneficiaries are, however, mostly urban- and peri-urban based. In general, the outputs generated by the programme and the processes through which they are generated are efficient. However, the level of efficiency varies from output to output. In terms of job creation, establishing a framework for reliably estimating the number of jobs actually created or the actual extent to which NEP is influential in achieving job creation, is acknowledged to be very challenging and resource intensive. There is no monitoring beyond the activity level, so actual achievements cannot be comprehensively understood or publicised. It is concluded that Sida should positively consider an extension of its funding to NEP. However, some progress on implementing the M&E and capacity building recommendations should be a condition of Sida’s continued support.