Assignment Name:

Mid-term Evaluation on Decent jobs for youth and Improved Food Security through the Development of Sustainable Rural Enterprises (YAPASA)

Name of Client:
Funded by:

International Labor Organization (ILO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Duration of assignment (months):

2 Months

Location within country:
Total No. of staff-months of the assignment:

North Western Province: Solwezi, Northern Province: Kasama, Luwingu and Mungwi; Central Province: Chibombo and Mumbwa; Lusaka Province: Chongwe; Southern Province: Chirundu

Narrative description of Project:

The Rural Youth Enterprise for Food Security RYE-FS initiative (branded as YAPASA), implemented by International Labor Organization (ILO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) under a UN Joint Programme and funded by SIDA, is aimed at addressing youth unemployment and food insecurity in rural communities, by facilitating attainment of sustainable livelihoods for young women and men in rural areas by the promotion of sustainable micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs). While project stakeholders include government, non-government and private sector representatives, the main beneficiaries are young women and men living and working in rural districts of Zambia. Soy bean and aquaculture are two sub-sectors in the projects that are identified as rural based and having scope to absorb youth at various levels in the value chain. The programme follows the “Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach” that seeks to play a facilitative role to unlock the systemic constraints that are prohibiting the young poor’s participation in the market. A team comprising Mr. Sadruddin Imran from Innovision Consulting as an international expert in M4P and Ivan Stubbs as national consultant were contracted to undertake a Mid Term Evaluation in order to independently assess the performance and progress to date of the project across all main components and to provide strategic and operational recommendations as well as highlight lessons to improve performance and delivery of project results.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

The evaluation was conducted following UN evaluation standards and norms and the Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management developed by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In line with the results-based approach applied by the ILO, the evaluation will focus on identifying and analyzing results through addressing key questions related to the evaluation concerns and the achievement of the outcomes/immediate objectives of the project using the logical framework indicators.

The evaluation has been carried out through a desk review, interviews with various stakeholders and field visits. Data collection took place by means of Key Informant Interviews (KII) as well as for the Focus Group Discussions (FGD). The key stakeholders interviewed consisted of the following categories: ILO and FAO implementing staff; SIDA staff, government institutions, input supply companies, young soya and fish growers (men and women), buying companies.

The key findings were presented in a report and there were several recommendations projecting certain areas of the project that need to be strengthened for successful completion and specific things needs to be given attention for similar future projects. These recommendations included to improve line of formal communication among the CTA and other project staffs sits in ILO office in Lusaka, make improvement in documentation, improve the application of DCED standard, develop and disseminate communication materials, improving the log frame, ensure year-round income for the beneficiaries, facilitate the possibility of future joint program with other UN agencies and seek possibility of multi-donor funded project.

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