Project
 
2011 - 2016


Malawi:

Enhancing Community Resilience Programme: M&E Services

The ECRP (DFID’s first climate resilience programme in Africa) 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 provided to NGOs to scale up tried and tested interventions. The role of LTS is to support NGO implementing partners to develop and implement robust baselines and M&E frameworks, and to conduct external reviews and evaluations.

  • LTS implements this £1.5million DFID contract in a consortium with the Centre for Development Management (CDM).
  • ECRP is implemented by two groups of NGOs in Malawi, and is funded jointly by DFID, Irish Aid and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
  • LTS provides ongoing M&E support to the implementing partners to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning has resulted in the programme’s ability to adapt and refine its activities each year whilst maintaining a focus on outcome level change. ECRP beneficiaries have grown their incomes and assets in the face of the changing climate and were shown to fare better during extreme events such as the 2015 floods.

Challenges

Malawi faces significant climate challenges and poverty, often with disastrous results. ECRP supports a scaled-up response, through (1) community-based adaptation programmes in vulnerable districts; (2) improved information sharing on DRR and climate change adaptation; (3) effective early warning system for slow onset disasters, and (4) strengthened government-led disaster risk reduction and climate change programmes. This was DFID’s first resilience programme in Africa, and therefore effective learning has been important. This contract aims to ensure effective learning about programme delivery through ongoing M&E that improves implementation and impact.

Solutions

The LTS team has:

  • Developed and supported implementation of a programme level M&E framework that relies on a range of evaluation approaches (Theory-based and utilisation focused; real-time learning to inform flexible programming;  VfM analysis, including cost-benefit analysis; and impact assessment using qualitative and quantitative counterfactual analysis).
  • Applied a range of data collection methods and indicator selection methods including: household surveys; participatory methods; resilience proxies; practitioner learning journeys / facilitation of learning events and processes.  
  • Developed cloud-based management information systems for both partners ensuring the availability of high quality monitoring data.
  • Supported implementing partners on monitoring and evaluation, including reviewing and providing advice on project proposals and amendments
  • Coordinated and organised baseline surveys, reviews and evaluations.
  • Made recommendations to enhance the ECRP’s efficiency and effectiveness and disseminate lessons learnt in Malawi and internationally.

Value and benefits

The focus is on ensuring that evidence from M&E feeds back into learning and influence on policy and programme work, in Malawi and internationally.

Ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning has supported the programme to adapt and refine its activities each year whilst maintaining a focus on outcome level change. ECRP beneficiaries have grown their incomes and assets in the face of the changing climate and were shown to fare better during extreme events such as the 2015 floods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Clients: Department for International Development


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Practices:




Geography: Malawi

Date: 2011 - 2016

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


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