An Outcomes evaluation of the women promoting constitutionalism through advocacy project implemented by Emthonjeni Women’s forum.

Author: Bhebhe, Brilliant

An outcomes evaluation of the women promoting constitutionalism through advocacy project implemented by Emthonjeni Women’s Forum. The Women Promoting Constitutionalism through Advocacy Project was a donor funded and implemented by Emthonjeni Women’s Forum over a period of one year (2015-2016).The project areas included nine wards from Umguza Rural District. The project sought to equip women areas included nine wards from Umguza Rural District. The project sought to equip women with advocacy skills that would enable them to claim their constitutional rights, effectively participate in community development processes and exercise their right to hold public official accountable. The change strategies of the project included constitutional advocacy training workshops, public accountability forums, information dissemination through distribution of quarterly newsletters and establishment of community action groups traditionally known as imithombo. The purpose of this outcomes evaluation is to assess the progress made towards the achievement of the project. Therefore the evaluation focused on the strategic immediate and intermediate outcomes with the aim of examining the changes that were brought about by the project in the lives of women in Umguza Rural District. The evaluation also sought to assess how strategic partnerships with various stakeholders such as Civic Society Organization (CSOs) and government institutions contributed to the achievement of project outcomes. The evaluation employed a qualitative research methodology in its design because of the need for an in-depth inquiry into the changes brought about by the project. The research questions were informed by OECD/DAC five evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency impact and sustainability. This is the criteria against which findings of the evaluation are presented. These findings indicate an increase in effective participation of the women in community development initiatives, more women taking up leadership positions in development committees and an increase in advocacy campaigns in project areas.