UNICONS won the
bidding process for conducting the final evaluation of the program that was
implemented by the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in Jebet Al-Maaden in
Red Sea state in Sudan. The SRCS had implemented the Food Security/Livelihood
Program” with technical support from the Spanish Red Cross and financial
support from the EU and in close consultation and cooperation with the local
communities and local authorities mainly government institutions. The overall
objective of the program was to improve livelihoods and achieve sustainable
reduction in the food insecurity of the rural population of the Red Sea state.
The evaluation was conducted by Unicons with the aim of: (i) assessing the work
done by the program in enhancing food security; (ii) providing SRCS, EU and
other stakeholders learning tools for informal judgment about the
implementation and impact of the program; (iii) documenting lessons learned and
experience gained in order to inform future programs.
The evaluation assessed the program
following the EU evaluation criteria where the program objectives, results
achieved, level of performance and change made together with the program
concept, strategy and implementation process were assessed through their
relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impacts.
Inorder to conduct
the evaluation, UNICONS formed a team comprised of a lead consultant
with the necessary expertise who was assisted by a female gender specialist.
The latter was important to take into consideration the cultural sensitivities
of Eastern Sudan. The evaluation focused on participatory methods using tools
including questionnaires and checklists Focus Group Discussions, direct
observations and interviews. Data sources included Households, Village
Development Committees, community leaders and women groups inaddition to
stakeholders/partners of the relevant government institutions. This fieldwork
necessitated extensive logistical arrangements in the area of the program which
is characterized by extreme poverty, very rough roads and lack of basic
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