Name: Impact Assessment of the Programme of Support for OVC
Year: 2010
Client: DFID
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: The Programme of Support (PoS) for the National Action Plan (NAP) for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) was established in 2006 in recognition of the lrge numbers of highly vulnerable children in Zimbabwe and the need for increased resources and a stronger system of coordination in delivering assistance. It is implemented by UNICEF, in close cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe, through NGOs.

The PoS structure is headed by the Working Party of Officials (WPO) and includes donors, the Technical Review Committee (TRC), the Core Team, NGOs, children and communities. The programme was funded by a multi-donor pooled fund (US$ 85 Million), to which CSOs apply for funds. Funding decisions are made by the Technical Review Committee.  There are currently 32 NGO partners and over 150 Sub-Grantees (SGs). Tripartite agreements are signed between Ministry of Labour and Social Social Services (MoLSS), UNICEF and partner NGOs. The NGOs report to both MoLSS and UNICEF.

Objectives: The purpose of the study was to assess the impact of the Programme of Support on reducing the overall vulnerability of OVC in Zimbabwe, by analysing the Programme’s ability to meet its stated objectives. Linked to this, there were four sub-objectives to:

  • assess the impact of interventions on children as well as the number of children being reached by the programme’s NGO partners;
  • analyse the cost effectiveness and value for money of the different approaches to adopted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Services (MoLSS) and UNICEF (e.g. NGO-led Vs BEAM) to reduce children’s vulnerability and compare them with alternative approaches in Zimbabwe and the region;
  • identify the benefits of different approaches to reduce the vulnerability of OVC in Zimbabwe and assess their strengths and weaknesses;
  • highlight opportunities, challenges and lessons learned for the design of a future programme.
Activities: Projects activities included:

  • determining the counterfactual
  • recruiting and managing 23 research assistants
  • interviews covering 1,200 children in treatment and control groups
  • Focus group discussions with children and their parents
  • key informant interviews with partners, donors, government ministries and departments
  • data analysis and report writing
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