Mid-term Evaluation Finds LWD Country Strategy Meets Community’s Needs
Phnom Penh (July 24, 2017) – Preliminary findings from the mid-term evaluation of Life with Dignity (LWD) Country Strategy 2015-2020 proved that the strategy met the community’s needs at large and the current context.
The results were presented by a joint independent evaluation team at a half-day workshop on July 24, 2017 in Phnom Penh. The evaluation was conducted to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact and cross-cutting issues of LWD’s program implemented for the first three years.
In his opening remarks, LWD Board of Directors Chairperson Mr. Ung Sirn Lee said that according to Cambodia’s changing current context and trends of the donors, LWD needed to make changes to its strategic plan in order to achieve its long term vision.
He said that findings and recommendations documented by the Team would be valuable inputs and used for developing LWD’s new program document 2018-2020 which is in line with the donors’ strategies for the sake of the poor communities in Cambodia.
According to a brief overview of the findings presented by Ms. Narelle Bowden-Ford, Evaluation Team Leader, beyond substantial accomplishments made over the past 3 years, the Team found some weakness in the implementation of LWD’s program to address the emerging needs of the target communities. The report says that the program is too broad and includes too many sectors and areas.
Based on the findings, the Team recommends that LWD (i) prioritizes the various sectors which they work with in their integrated approach; (ii) includes youth in its program combined with vocational training; (iii) focuses more on ensuring the farmers are producing what the market is demanding; and so on.
“LWD can’t change the direction of the changes in Cambodia, but it can adjust its program to ensure that its vision and mission is achieved,” Ms. Narelle said.
The Team interviewed 382 informants. They included government staff at district level, district committee for disaster management, commune councilors, community-based organizations, communities, youth, and community volunteers.
In his closing remarks, LWD Executive Director Min Sor, highly appreciated and acknowledged the findings presented by the Team and welcomed key inputs and suggestions made by some participants at the workshop.
Mr. Min Sor said that LWD had two most important obligations. They included (i) the use of donors’ money effectively with integrity to produce positive impacts as they expected and (ii) the responsibility in front of the target groups who are expecting to benefit from LWD’s projects.