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ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA

ISG is working with ACDI/VOCA to undertake a final evaluation of the Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) Program.

ACDI/VOCA, together with Project Concern International, John Snow Inc., and Making Cents International have been implementers of the five-year (2010-2015) USAID Title II MYAP-funded Liberian Agricultural Upgrading Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) program. LAUNCH was designed to improve the food security of vulnerable rural people in the Liberian counties of Bong and Nimba. Using a multi-sectoral approach to address both the underlying chronic causes as well as the acute symptoms of food insecurity, LAUNCH was intended to reduce food insecurity in more than 90,000 households in Liberia.

In this context, ACDI/VOCA has proposed a final evaluation process that will include a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the performance of the program focusing on outcome and impact level program indicators. Tools to be used include Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, as well as anthropometric measurements and quantitative household surveys.

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ActionAid

ActionAid

ISG is working with ActionAid to undertake a Baseline for ‘Women’s Rights to Sustainable Livelihoods 2’ program in four countries.

The objective of the assignment is to design and undertake a multi-country research process to collect qualitative and quantitative data on attitudes, knowledge and behaviors related to women’s empowerment, unpaid care and sustainable agriculture in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This includes women’s ability to control their income, through practicing climate resilient sustainable agriculture, better access to markets and reducing, recognizing and redistributing work related to unpaid care.

The baseline will be carried out in all four countries, collecting data relevant for indicators and to provide further situational analysis where necessary. Baseline data will be collected through a household survey (in line with the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index – WEAI) as well as qualitative research. Baseline data will be consolidated at the global level to support project policy and advocacy work, while country level data and WEAI measures will be captured to enable the impact assessment at the end of the project.

Working with local data collectors in each country, the ISG Project Team will lead the tool development process, as well as produce an overall synthesis report summarizing findings from the four countries, and develop a M&E plan for the program moving forward.

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Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation of IRW’s PPA. These funds have been, or are being used, for delivering two distinct strategic priorities:

  1. To finance innovation and capacity building via an Islamic Microfinance programme in Kenya, Sudan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  2. To fund capacity building, research, learning and advocacy leading to the development of faith sensitive policy and influencing other developments actors in five core thematic areas – gender justice, child protection, conflict and fragility, climate change, and microfinance/debt.

In addition, PPA funds were also intended to enhance organizational effectiveness through the mainstreaming of tools and approaches related to the above thematic areas, including embedding of the following PPA working principles: accountability, gender, value for money, improving evidence of economic empowerment tools, and policy and advocacy work.

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International Organization For Migration (IOM)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation of IOM Iraq’s Community Revitalization Program Phases II, III and IV.

The Community Revitalization Program (CRP) is multi-sectorial program that focuses on the implementation of livelihood projects, rehabilitation of shared economic and social infrastructure, and capacity building of local stakeholders and governmental authorities.

CRP aims to contribute to stabilization in Iraq by improving the conditions for sustainable economic and social inclusion of vulnerable individuals in communities with significant populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees. This program is a comprehensive, community based initiative that empowers local communities to take the lead in their own development.

 

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

ISG was selected to perform a final evaluation of UN Women’s Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in South-East Asia – CEDAW SEAP Phase II funded by DFATD Canada. The Evaluation aims to assess efficiency (including management of the programme efficiently, visibility of DFATD), effectiveness (including results achieved) and sustainability of the programme and provide recommendations for future programming directions to UN Women and DFATD.

The CEDAW SEAP Phase II programme aims to promote, through continuous dialogues and capacity development, policy and programmatic measures to ensure compliance by State Parties with the obligations set out in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The Programme also aimed to build an awareness of the centrality of CEDAW compliance to the achievement of the MDGs.

In the context of the political commitment to regional integration in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres under the ASEAN umbrella, the programme advances and facilitates regional processes for knowledge generation and exchange, stock taking at national and regional levels for furthering implementation of CEDAW in the region., The programme focuses on deepening awareness, knowledge of CEDAW among governments and civil society. This enhanced understanding and better knowledge is expected to translate into the continued incorporation of CEDAW principles in laws, policies and programmes. The Programme also focuses work with the justice system actors to use the Convention to provide better access to justice for women. A final aim of the programme is to support countries in South East Asia region in strengthening their accountability mechanisms to report on achievement of gender equality using the CEDAW Convention; including strengthening monitoring and reporting systems. The Programme supports regional peer-learning for governments and NGOs in collaboration with existing regional institutions or encourages the formation of new networks and forums.

Targeted support is provided to the following countries in South East Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste. Myanmar was added to the regional programme at the end of 2012 and implementation of activities started in 2014. The programme initiatives are linked with the ongoing activities in the Programme UN Women’s Programme on Regional Mechanisms to Protect the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia; which works with two key ASEAN Human Rights Bodies.

The Goal/Ultimate Outcome of the programme is: “Reduced discrimination against women in Southeast Asia”. This is the highest-level change of state among women (the ultimate beneficiary) in the region that the programme aims to contribute to.

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United Nations Operations (UNOPS)

United Nations Operations (UNOPS)

ISG was selected, in partnership with Development Gateway, to perform research and coordination services for the development of an Innovative Data Toolkit on behalf of the Cities Alliance.

The Cities Alliance is the preeminent global partnership for the promotion of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Headquartered in Brussels, it is a unique partnership with diverse members – local authorities, national governments, international non-governmental organizations, foundations and multi-lateral organizations – which have come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development.

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA has been addressing the needs of women and girls in emergency contexts since its inception, through life-saving reproductive health and protection-focused actions. UNFPA shares the mandate for coordination of gender-based violence (GBV) interventions in non-refugee humanitarian settings with UNICEF, as co-lead of the GBV Area of Responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster. UNFPA’s activities in this space globally, and on the ground in key emergency contexts such as CAR, South Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, and Iraq, include both program implementation and field-level GBV “sub-cluster” leadership. These efforts link closely with UNFPA’s global leadership on reproductive health in emergencies and its mandate to address the needs of women and adolescent girls worldwide.

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation on how Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP) partners currently work in alignment to deliver on commitments to the strategic-level actions outline in the draft RTAP Action Framework.

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FINCA International

FINCA International

ISG was recently selected to perform a final evaluation of USDA’s Food for Progress Program in Haiti for FINCA International, a microfinance institution offering financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets, and improve their standard of living.

The Food for Progress Program was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides donations of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. Donated commodities are then monetized (sold on the local market), and proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities.

The Food for Progress (FFP) assistance in Haiti has been managed by FINCA International since 2011. FINCA’s strategic objectives and results for this project were selected to align with USDA’s Results Framework for the FFP and were developed in response to findings from a Strategic Analysis that was conducted with key stakeholders in Haiti. This Final Evaluation seeks to assess whether the project has achieved the expected results as outlined in the results framework and provide lessons learned and recommendations for USDA, program participants, and other key stakeholders for future food assistance and capacity building programs.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

ISG, in partnership with Development Gateway, have been selected by UNICEF to undertake a review of technological innovations applied to program monitoring, real-time monitoring systems, citizen engagement processes, and strengthening of national systems in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.

In 2007, UNICEF began exploring innovative approaches and tools to advance the rights of children, specifically in the area of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). The Eastern and Southern African Region, led by the Rwanda and Uganda Country Offices, pioneered the design, development, and scaling of ICT4D initiatives across multiple programs. This work ultimately identified entry points for ICT4D solutions within traditional systems, and initiatives have been taken forward in health, nutrition, education, and youth engagement, particularly in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

As the tools and approaches evolved over the last seven years, they have been increasingly adopted and applied in other country offices in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region and beyond. While there has been significant progress in the development and application of ICT4D solutions in Eastern and Southern Africa, a comprehensive assessment of these solutions has not been conducted. Therefore, the UNICEF Field Results Group (FRG), the Global Innovations Centre (GIC), and the Eastern and Southern African Regional Office (ESARO) selected ISG to review ICT4D solutions that have been implemented in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia in order to determine how ICT4D solutions impact programming.

The purpose of this review is to create an evidence-based document that can be used by Country Office Program Sections to decide whether or not the application of an ICT4D solution will enable more effective and efficient achievement of program results. ISG aims to provide UNICEF with a holistic overview of the selected ICT4D solutions and a regional perspective of key opportunities afforded by ICT4D activities to country programs; the impacts of ICT4D solutions on in-country programs and systems; efforts made and lessons learned in generating national ownership of ICT4D solutions; country-level sustainability efforts including national government participation and contribution to ICT4D solutions; and the business case for investment in ICT4D solutions.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

ISG was recently selected by UN Women to conduct the final evaluation of the global program “Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality” (F4GE).

Through this program, UN Women supported efforts to strengthen the accountability of national governments and donors in implementing gender equality commitments in financing decisions and practices in 16 countries. The program was implemented in partnership with the International Training Centre/International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO) with support from the European Commission (EC) and the Governments of Spain and Italy.

From October 2011 to September 2015, F4GE worked to expand the application of mainstreaming gender in public finance management systems, planning, budgeting, and aid management instruments. The program included capacity building of national partners tasked with planning and budgeting (including ministries of finance and planning as well as line ministries) and strengthening government and donor accountability mechanisms. Additionally, it aimed to strengthen civil society’s role to ensure adequate funding for gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), and support national advocacy efforts on increasing financing for the same. Specifically, the program supported advocacy efforts of women’s organizations and feminist economists through a grant making facility to promote innovative initiatives led by civil society organizations to increase financing for gender equality.

ISG will assess the success of the program based on the extent to which program interventions led to improving processes and practices in national and donor planning and budgeting processes that enhance investment for GEWE in participating program countries. In addition, ISG will document lessons learned and best practices and provide recommendations to inform future work on financing for gender equality as well as assess institutional capacity and the potential for sustainability of the ongoing work in the program countries.

As part of this evaluation, the project team will conduct an in-depth document review, virtual and in-person key informant interviews, and field visits to five program countries.