Name Evaluation of Save the Children Norway Zimbabwe (SCNZ) Four Year Strategic Plan (2006-2009)
Year 2010
Client Save the Children Norway
Country Zimbabwe
Background Based on Save the Children Norway global strategy, SCNZ developed a 4 year plan for the period 2006-2009. In this strategy SCN-Z selected four strategic objectives that are pertinent to the Country Programme from the global strategic objectives and these are:

  • Fulfil the rights of children to education
  • Fulfil the rights of children to protection against violence and sexual abuse
  • Fulfil the rights of children to protection against the impact of HIV and AIDS
  • Strengthen implementation and monitoring of children’s rights
Objectives The overall objective of the evaluation was to ascertain the extent to which the programme is in line with set results and objectives in terms o quality, relevance and impact on children’s lives.

The specific objectives were as follows:

  • Assess the influence of the country programme on policies and practices relating to children’s issues as well as the general impact of SCNZ advocacy work
  • Assess the quality and achievements of the programme in terms of impact on children’s lives
  • Identify and document lessons learnt, good practices, strategies, as well as innovative approaches in achieving the set objectives
  • Identify most significant challenges and obstructions to achieving set programme objectives and how these are dealt with
  • Assess the appropriateness of the projects with regard to cultural context
  • Assess if and how the interventions strengthen the coping of children and their families
  • Assess the trends of programme implementation with reference to the set 4 year strategic plan
  • Assess the extent \to which the three working principles of partner cooperation, strengthening local capacity and in particular children’s participation are operationalised and integrated into the programmes
  • Provide information and guidance to improve implementation and achieve better results for the rest of the plan period and for the development of the next strategy plan, focusing on issues like programme support/resources/staffing among others.
  • Asses what added value SCNZ has brought to partners in addition to funding
  • Assess the level of the management of financial risk given the economic situation in the country (for both SCNZ and its partners)
Activities The evaluation involved individual interviews with partners, SCNZ, and staff in from an array of stakeholders, FGDs with communities and children, and desk review. The evaluation covered the all target districts for SCNZ.
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