Name: Evaluation UNICEF Parliamentary Support Project
Year:  2010-11
Client: UNICEF Regional Office
Country: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia,
Background: The UNICEF/AWEPA parliamentary support project is the result of UNICEF’s strategic engagement with parliaments and brings together UNICEF’s work with the work of AWEPA (Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa) in order to build the capacity of parliaments and parliamentarians to address OVC issues.  By drawing on AWEPA’s experience and expertise in parliaments across the continent, AWEPA was considered to be well-placed to assist UNICEF in this important work.

The UNICEF/AWEPA parliamentary support project has its origins in a series of regional OVC workshops attended by delegates in child care and support in government line ministries and other technical experts from eastern and southern Africa.  Two such workshops were held in 2000 in Lusaka and in 2002 in Windhoek.  At these meetings, the delegates discovered very little work had been done by parliamentarians to lobby and to influence policy on OVCs.  Parliament was identified at these regional meetings as a key interlocutor in future programming to address OVC issues.   Out of the RAAP process, parliamentarians were invited to a “African-European Parliamentary Consultation on Children Orphaned and Made Vulnerable by AIDS in Africa: Reprioritizing International Agendas,” which was organised by AWEPA in Cape Town, South Africa, 22-24 September 2004, in cooperation with UNICEF, the Dutch EU Presidency, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.  As a result, these MPs agreed to principles now know as “the Cape Town Declaration” making OVC a priority in their legislative work.

Objectives: The overall purpose of the evaluation is to assess the impact of UNICEF’s cooperation with AWEPA on parliamentary support in Eastern and Southern Africa .

In this regard, the evaluation sought to:

i.        Ascertain results and evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the UNICEF/AWEPA parliamentary support project in comparison to other forms of support to parliament

ii.        Document the involvement of parliaments in national budget decision making processes,

iii.        Identify lessons on parliamentary support programmes,

iv.        Develop recommendations for future parliamentary support work by UNICEF.

The evaluation covered the UNICEF/AWEPA Parliamentary Support Project which includes two phases (PCA I and PCA II).  PCA I was in 2005-2006, and PCA II was in 2006-2009.

This evaluation has three components: (1) the project evaluation, (2) the research component, and (3) the case studies. The evaluation and research were to cover a total of 9 countries, some of which were in the UNICEF/AWEPA project and others that were not.

Activities The study was carried out in seven phases:

  • Development of research instruments (inception phase)
  • Desk review of documents
  • Key informant interviews and focus groups
  • Case studies
  • Mapping of parliamentary support work
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Data analysis and report writing
Special Recognition