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Enhancing Community Resilience Programme: M&E Services



The DFID-funded Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) provides support to 1.2 million people in vulnerable communities to manage, cope with and recover from the impact of both current and future changes in weather patterns. Funding is mainly provided to NGOs to scale up tried and tested interventions such as: assisting communities to understand, plan for and reduce the risks associated with climate change; establishing village savings and loans schemes and implementing adaptation practices such as crop diversification, soil fertility management, and irrigation. The ECRP outputs include: (1) Community based adaptation programmes implemented in selected vulnerable districts; (2) Improved information sharing on DRR and climate change adaptation; (3) An effective early warning system for slow onset disasters, and (4) Strengthened disaster risk reduction and climate change programmes of key Government Ministries and Departments. The objective of this project is to design and support implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for the joint UK Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid and Norwegian Embassy Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP). The role of LTS will be to support NGO implementing partners to develop and implement robust base lines and M&E frameworks, and to conduct external reviews and evaluations. Throughout the programme, LTS is:
  • Developing and supporting implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation framework for the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme
  • Supporting implementing partners on monitoring and evaluation
  • Reviewing and provide advice on project proposals and amendments
  • Coordinating and organising reviews and evaluations.
  • Making recommendations to enhance the ECRP's efficiency and effectiveness and disseminate lessons learnt in Malawi and internationally. So far, as the lead M&E provider for DFID's support (GBP 18 million) to its first climate resilience programme in Africa, LTS has designed the M&E and learning and communications strategies, implemented by NGO consortia. Moreover, a programme level Theory of Change and a working definition of resilience was agreed with the NGO implementing partners and used to prepare the baseline survey tools. LTS designed and supported the NGO consortia to undertake a large-sample household survey employing an area frame and a two-stage approach of selecting a sample of enumeration areas within the targeted sub-districts and a sample of households from the enumeration areas. Furthermore a baseline study has been carried out, which collected data on asset holding, livelihoods, food security, risk management and coping strategies and enabled a baseline assessment with statistical validity at the level of each NGO consortium. We have also developed an online MIS system to share monitoring information as well as analysing opportunities for policy influence.

    The comprehensive survey will be repeated at mid-term and at the programme completion to monitor the conditions on the households participating in the targeted areas and a counterfactual sample and to identify the changes if any, in the measured baseline attributes.

    We are also supporting the NGO consortia in the development of strategic advocacy plans, the facilitation of lesson-learning between consortia and the development of policy briefs and policy recommendations as well as technical support to district stakeholder panels. In all cases, we are focusing on ensuring that evidence from M&E feeds back into learning and supports policy influencing work, in Malawi and internationally.

    Clients:
    Department for International Development

    Services:
    Climate Change, M&E

    Geography:
    Malawi

    Date:
    2011 - 2017

    Keywords:
    DFID, M&E, monitoring and evaluation, Malawi, livelihoods