Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects Located in Vietnam

This evaluated of closed projects in Vietnam evaluated five projects. Some of the projects seemed to have been ‘good starts’ that could easily and usefully be built on. Local partners had reflected thoroughly on the projects, learning from both what worked well during the project but also what did not work well to come up with new project ideas in 3 of the 5 projects evaluated. Exploring subsequent support of these project ideas (that are grounded in experience) may be worthwhile. Many of the local partners felt that working with local villagers and changing project strategies to be responsive to local ideas was more effective than trying to change local people to fit project strategies. In line with this there was a recommendation from several local partners that it would be very beneficial for the projects in terms of their cost-effectiveness and impact if Darwin could develop a mechanism to ensure local people as well as other local partners can input into project design, e.g. pre-project funding could have a broader scope to include funding for local level multi-stakeholder project design workshops.

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects Located in Tanzania

This evaluation of closed projects in Tanzania evaluated five projects. A key lesson emerging from the evaluation findings was the importance of institutional capacity building for positive institutional change and the sustainability of long term benefits to a country. In order to realise this, however, project goals and objectives needed to coincide with national priorities and not be driven by external aspirations. While this is recognised by the Darwin Initiative, lessons emerging suggest that it may be necessary to establish additional mechanisms to review the relevance of projects to host countries – both prior and during the course of project implementation.

Evaluation of Closed Projects in Peru

This assignment evaluated four Darwin Initiative projects that were closed. This presented an opportunity to evaluate the sustainability and legacy that have emerged from the achievements since the official end of the projects at Country level. In terms of awareness raising, findings have helped to inform relevant institutions about critical conservation issues within specialist groups. The profile of the initiative’s purpose has also been raised through the use of Darwin Initiative logos and materials in websites, posters, presentations, publications. However, only one project was recognized as being part of the Darwin Initiative by various external stakeholders, this raises questions on the low profile that the Darwin Initiative has in Peru outside the remit of host country institutions and their partners.