Evaluation of NPAs Civil Society Programme in Myanmar
About the publication
- Published: June 2018
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- Type: NGO reviews
- Carried out by: David Hale
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- Country: Myanmar
- Pages: 90
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- ISBN: --
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- Organization: Norsk Folkehjelp/Norwegian People’s Aid
- Local partner: Another Development (AD), Advancing Life and Regenerating Motherland, Capacity Building Initative (CBI), Equality Myanmar (EQMM), Humanity Institute (HI), Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA), Myanmar China Pipeline Watch Committee (MCPWC), Paung Ku (PK), Yangon School of Political Science (YSPSS)
- Project number: GLO-0613 QZA-15/0443
In 2018, NPA conducted an external mid-term evaluation of the three year framework for civil
society support for its NORAD and SIDA frameworks for 2016-2019 in Myanmar. For
transparency and cost efficiency, one evaluation covered both grants to better be able to evaluate
the full implementation of the NPA Myanmar Country Strategy Pillar 1: Civil society
participating in the establishment of a stronger democracy, which these two grants contribute to.
The evaluation aimed to :
- conduct a mid-term evaluation of the three-year NORAD and SIDA frameworks (2016-2019), under the civil society pillar of NPA’s Country Strategy.
- identify key lessons and recommendations to inform NPA’s global OfD programme,
- identify key lessons and recommendations for NPA’s partners to discuss and consider.
The mid-term evaluation preferenced a process evaluation model, to identify challenges,
experiences and lessons to inform ongoing implementation. The overarching evaluation questions
are included below in Table 2, and were examined within the context of the OECD/DAC evaluation
At a strategic level, NPA was assessed to be affecting meaningful change towards its overarching
objectives, led through an array of effective civil society organisations. NPA Myanmar is a partner
beyond the financial support it provides. NPA has enabled institutional growth for all selected
partners and has provided responsive and flexible support from strategic guidance to bridging
funding. Critically, it is assessed NPA’s work in Myanmar has been partner focused in its supports.
Beyond upholding and furthering its underlying values, NPA is assessed to have flexibly responded
to the priorities and approaches deemed most critical, and most suitable by local organisations.
Partnerships - NPA should where appropriate, consider moving partners to longer-term funding agreements (two, three or four years), with funding released annually based on progression reporting and face-to-face reviews.
NPA should seek to develop the facilitation skills of staff to more effectively engage partners to meet its capacity building objectives.
Consider more opportunities to connect partners bilaterally and collectively, including through the establishment of community of practices for thematic issues.
MEL - NPA should continue to support integrated design and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) practices as part of ongoing capacity development support.
NPA should consider how to foster short-term placements of organisational development (OD) specialists, and opportunities greater peer-peer learning (secondments, staff exchanges or technical lessons learned workshops.
NPA should consider training in ‘most significant change’ evaluation techniques, to assist partners more effectively monitor structural impacts.
Advocacy - NPA should offer to visibly support its partners through proactively advocating their agendas among the international community (and feedback discussions to all partners wherever possible).
NPA should continue to fund partners’ pilot activities that seek to test innovative and ambitious solutions to entrenched challenges.
NPA partners should be encouraged to develop inclusion policies as part of good practice gender sensitive programming.
Comments from the organisation
These findings were shared with partners, on bilateral basis as well as during a specific partners’ meeting during which the consultant collected partners’ feedback to ensure the correctness of the information, as well as disclosed transparently his conclusions.
In terms of our organisational response to these key recommendations, NPA Myanmar:
- Tries to secure several years grant framework with donor organisations to avoid funding gaps
- Actively works in increased support to partners to build their MnE capacity, while building our own staff capacity. An integrated MnE framework will be developed as part of the coming country strategy (2020 – 2024).
- NPA has now international staff focusing on Gender and Programme Quality to address the recommendations on programme quality and gender mainstreaming.