With the fall of the Somali government, the Middle Shabelle region, previously the bread basket of the country, suffered a collapse of its irrigation infrastructure, marketing services and agricultural extension leaving the population with no stable source of livelihood.
The EC-funded Action, Strengthening Livelihoods and Food Security through Reduction of Grain Post-harvest and Storage Losses in Southern Somalia, aimed to reduce food insecurity and strengthen livelihoods at household level through improving grain storage technologies. This was in line with the objectives of the EC’s wider strategy for aid in Somalia (SISAS) which aimed to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in order to promote a more peaceful, equitable and democratic society through, amongst others, providing access to productive resources and services. The Action ran from October 2009 to December 2011, targeting 16,700 direct and 25,000 indirect beneficiaries but ultimately reaching 6,195 direct beneficiaries, who were provided with 3,000 silos and 3,195 dam liners.
Specifically, the objectives of the evaluation of IPHASIS were to ascertain the Action’s results in reference to the proposal and log frame, and to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the Action. The evaluation aimed to produce findings, conclusions and recommendations in order to draw lessons for future design and implementation. LTS was involved in:
- Reviewing relevant project documentation, products and internal management practices
- Conducting interviews with key project personnel and collaborators, as well as with key stakeholders and beneficiaries using participatory methods.
- Assessment of the project’s achievements utilising participatory methods as much as possible, based on the project proposal, logframe and interim reports
- Examination of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project, as well as of the cross cutting issues of gender and the environment
- Performance of SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
- Identification of Lessons Learned