Category Archives: Africa

Review & capacity assessment of the Disabled People’s Organisation Denmark

Country: Ghana/Geneva visit, 2018

 

Client: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Project features

The assignment included a review of the Disabled People’s Organisation Denmark (DPOD) as well as a capacity assessment of DPOD (a strategic partner for the Ministry) with focus on DPOD’s own strategy, technical capacity, results (Ghana as example), popular foundation and partnership. Specific focus was on the projects’ contribution to empowerment, organizational development and advocacy.

 

Services provided

HN Consultants provided all three team members to the assignment, including two consultants with expertise in organizational and capacity assessments as well as a consultant with expertise in financial management. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the team leader. The team carried out an initial desk review of selected projects, a visit to projects in Ghana and international partners in Geneva and prepared the draft report, which was discussed with DPOD and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Evaluation of the “Building a Sustainable Mental Health Uganda (MHU)” project

Country: Uganda, 2018

 

Client: SIND Mental Health Denmark

 

Project features:

SIND Mental Health supports its partner Uganda Mental Health both at local and national level. At local level, the branches are strengthened to carry out advocacy for access to medicine, peer support to persons with mental health illness and access to the governmental poverty alleviation programme. At national level, Uganda Mental Health was strengthened to influence the national legislation on mental health and to carry out fundraising. The objective of the assignment was to assess overall results of the project support since 2014.

 

Service provided

HN Consultants provided the sole consultant for this assignment. The evaluation used the DAC criteria, with focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, outcome/impact and sustainability. Visits were carried out to two of eight districts and information was collected from seven of the districts, governmental representatives, other disability organisations, hospital staff, and end-beneficiaries. Findings were discussed at national level with representatives from all districts.

Preparation of Programme Completion Reports for Danida (Education, Governance), 2017 annual reports for Oxfam IBIS.

Country: Liberia

Client: Oxfam Liberia, 2018

 

Project features:

The assignment included four tasks: i) Prepare for, initiate and support the annual reporting for Oxfam Liberia for 2017, to be delivered to the Organisational Performance System in Oxfam IBIS; ii) prepare for, initiate and support completion report for the Danida frame agreement 2017 regarding the education and governance programmes; iii) propose models for the integration between the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Danida and other programmers managed by Oxfam in Liberia; iv) support development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and/or Performance Framework for the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Danida and other programmes.

 

Services provided

HN Consultants provided the sole consultant for the assignment who worked with the M&E team in Oxfam Liberia regarding all four tasks and their corresponding four outputs (reports). Through visits to key districts and interviews at national level, the consultant collected information and provided a draft for the four expected outputs, which were handed over to the country office for finalization.

Mid-term Evaluation of the project “Raw Diamonds – Sharp Tongues”.

Country: Sierra Leone, 2017

Client: Oxfam IBIS

 

Project features

Operation a Days Work is a solidarity program based on volunteering by students at upper secondary schools in Denmark, which collects funds for a project in the Global South. In 2013, it was decided that the funds raised would directed to an Oxfam IBIS project in Sierra Leone entitled ‘Raw Diamonds – Sharp Tongues’. The objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity of youths in mining communities in the Kono District in their struggle to receive part of the mining revenues for development and education, and scaling the problem from local to national level. The objective of the review was to assess the progress towards the achievement of objectives and results.

 

Services provided

HN Consultants provided the team leader to the review, which was based on the DAC evaluation criteria. Likewise, a junior consultant, hired by Oxfam IBIS, carried out interviews with the youth organized in the Local Mines Monitoring Groups in the Kono District. The team carried out interviews with governmental representatives, traditional chiefs, private mining companies, local partners to Oxfam IBIS and end-beneficiaries, both women and men. A draft report was discussed with the key stakeholders in Kono and subsequently finalized.

Mid-term Review Mission: Economic Development and Job Creation in the Tunisian Dairy Sector

Country: Tunisia, 2017

Client: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project features: In 2015 the Governments of Denmark and Tunisia signed a DKK 20 million agreement for the second phase of a dairy sector project within the framework of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). The project support aims to contribute to economic development and job creation in the dairy sector in Tunisia.

A mid-term project review was carried out in June 2017, led by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The review objectives were to assess project progress and results including constraints and related mitigating actions, and to present recommendations for the remaining project period including possible changes in strategy, activities/outputs, management arrangements and budget allocations.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided a project management/monitoring and evaluation expert and a value chain development expert, both with Middle East and North Africa region experience. The consultants worked closely with key project stakeholders including relevant Danish, Tunisian and other development partners as well as private sector operators. The Technical Advisory Office in Tunis and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration facilitated the work. A debriefing note (in French) was prepared by the team and presented at the end of the mission in Tunisia. Likewise, a Review Aide Memoire (RAM) (in French) was handed over to the project steering committee.

Promotion of financial sustainability through donor-mapping

Countries: Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa, 2016-17

Client: The Danish Association LEV

Features: LEV is a membership organisation of parents to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Since 1984 LEV has provided support to organisations of persons with intellectual disabilities in developing countries related to capacity building of national organisations; Parents’ Self-Help Groups, among others. LEV has noted that many partners, especially those in Africa, are facing challenges regarding the financial sustainability. Therefore, LEV carried out a fundraising seminar to support LEV partners to get more knowledge on relevant donors for their organisation. HN Consultants ApS was hired to carry out a donor mapping as an input to the seminar.

Service provided: HN Consultants ApS provided a team leader for this assignment, who organized inputs from four local consultants from each country. Input included information on the following issues: 1) Mapping of key donors relevant for the partners. 2) The donors’ key priorities, and how intellectual disability issues relate to these priorities. 3) The donors’ geographical priorities. 4) Examples of how donors support. 5) How to access funding from the donor. The team leader analysed the information and prepared the overall report. In January 2017, HN Consultants followed up on this assignment, supporting each of the partners to use their knowledge on proposal writing.

Mid-term Evaluation of project for Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Uganda, 2016

Client: Danish Association of the Physically Disabled

Project features: The project has as its objective to promote empowerment of persons with disabilities, organizational development of their organisations and advocacy towards duty bearers. Also, the project promotes sports activities within each of the organizations. The project involved six partners. The three Ugandan partner organisations are: Brain Injury Support Organisation of Uganda (BISOU), Spinal Injury Association of Uganda (SIA), and Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD). The three Danish partners are the Danish Association of the Physically Disabled (DHF), Danish Brain Injury Association (DBIA), and Danish Sports Organization of the Disabled (DSOD).

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a team of two consultants to carry out a desk review, field visit to six districts and interviews with duty bearers and rights holders of persons with different physical disabilities. The Mid-term Evaluation used DAC evaluation criteria, including an assessment of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and – to the extent possible – impact.

Review of project for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Rwanda 2015

Client: The National Association of LEV (Danish disability organization)

Project features: The Project focused on two objectives: 1. TUBAKUNDE partner – the organisation, representing persons with intellectual disabilities in Rwanda – has the capacity to act as an efficient advocacy organisation for its members in Rwanda. 2. TUBAKUNDE has enhanced legitimacy among and increased involvement from parents of persons with intellectual disabilities in their work. The objective of the assignment was twofold, namely: (i) to review results and lessons learnt from the project, and (ii) to assess current organisational capacity of TUBAKUNDE with particular focus on the extent to which policies, procedures etc. are implemented and reflected in governance and day to day management.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the lead consultant to the assignment, who interviewed leaders of TUBAKUNDE, its staff, members and parents from three districts as well as informants and duty bearers in order to review the results of the project. The board, staff and selected members & parents, as well as donors, were interviewed to assess the current capacity of TUBAKUNDE. Based on a debriefing meeting with board and staff members, an outline to a possible future project was prepared.

Mid-term Evaluation of the project: “Capacity Building for Sustainable Development”

Uganda, 2016

Client: Danish Association of the Physically Disabled

Project features: The project has as its objective to promote empowerment of persons with disabilities, organizational development of their organisations and advocacy towards duty bearers. Also, the project promotes sports activities within each of the organizations. The project involved six partners. The three Ugandan partner organisations are: Brain Injury Support Organisation of Uganda (BISOU), Spinal Injury Association of Uganda (SIA), and Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD). The three Danish partners are the Danish Association of the Physically Disabled (DHF), Danish Brain Injury Association (DBIA), and Danish Sports Organization of the Disabled (DSOD).

Service provided: HN Consultants provided a team of two consultants to carry out a desk review, field visit to six districts and interviews with duty bearers and rights holders of persons with different physical disabilities. The Mid-term Evaluation used DAC evaluation criteria, including an assessment of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and – to the extent possible – impact.

Mid-term Evaluation of “Data in the Fight Against Impunity” project

Uganda, Kenya, Serbia, Nepal, 2016

Client: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

Project features: The project included support to partner rehabilitation centres located in 11 countries in four regions. The objective is to contribute to the fight against impunity by using data gathered from survivors of torture to support accountability, prevention, and rehabilitation of victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The project seeks to strengthen and harmonise the capacity of rehabilitation centres in their efforts to collect clinical data and use them to support anti-impunity work by facilitating the employment of such data in the production of human rights outputs as well as in advocacy activities. The purpose of the Mid-term evaluation was to assess project progress and provide recommendations for adjustments. The assignment used the DAC evaluation criteria.

Service provided: HN Consultants provided the consultant in charge of the evaluation. The consultant carried out a desk review of all progress reports; questionnaires were submitted to selected partners and field visits were made to four countries to visit partners, torture victims, other NGOs and duty bearers on progress regarding documentation of torture cases and its use in advocacy.