Evaluation of Irish Aid's Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Nassa, Mozambique 2007-20161/11/17
The Evaluation of Irish Aid’s Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Niassa provinces, Mozambique 2007-2016 assessed the effectiveness and performance of the Provincial Programmes, in order to inform the development of a new Mission Strategy in Mozambique.
Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Niassa provinces, Mozambique 2007-2016
The evaluation covered two programme cycles. The programme for the first period, 2007-2011, specifically sought to align with Mozambique’s poverty reduction strategy (PARPA II). In the provinces of Inhambane and Niassa, Irish Aid’s local development programme focused on specific sectors (notably agriculture, education health and public works). It sought to strengthen local government capacity to manage resources transparently and effectively, and increase citizens’ participation in the elaboration and implementation of local development plans, particularly at district level.
Irish Aid’s Country Strategy Paper for the period 2012-2016 was organised around three broad outcomes that focused on reducing poverty and vulnerability by enhancing livelihoods, particularly at provincial level, improving health and learning outcomes, particularly for women and vulnerable groups, and improving government accountability to citizens and particularly the poor. The strategy sought to take a focused, sector deep approach, and an integrated and multi-sectoral approach to vulnerability, livelihoods, resilience and social protection.
Evaluation Main Findings
The main findings are outlined below; more detailed findings can be found in the report:
- The rationale for engagement at provincial level remains relevant, responds to local development challenges and is well aligned with the provinces’ needs,
- The engagement at provincial level is addressing needs, albeit on a limited scale and, in some cases, it is too early to assess results
- While Irish Aid have had some success developing capacity of provincial government, capacity weaknesses persist in internal control and audit, procurement and budget credibility. The approach of Irish Aid to capacity building is often ad hoc without a clear strategy. Provincial engagement places Irish Aid in a position of being well equipped to engage with, and lead, dialogue at both policy and strategic levels. However, there is no clear strategy for policy engagement, including the identification of specific priorities and objectives.