A process evaluation for harnessing youth potential project under youth for today and tomorrow in Matobo District

Author: Kumalo, Judith

Youth in Matobo District were affected by various socio-economic problems namely high levels of unemployment, political violence, drought and poverty, lack of social amenities and vocational training centres; and these led to rife youth migration into neighboring countries, spousal separation, illegal gold panning, substance abuse, teen pregnancies and spread of HIV/AIDS. In response, youth for today and tomorrow put to place an intervention programme called Harnessing Youths Potential Project; in the form of micro-income generating projects comprised of roadrunners and goat rearing. The main objective of programme was to improve livelihoods through creation of peace and development of entrepreneurial skills, establishing of sustainable development projects to create informal employment and to alleviate poverty. However, the purpose of process evaluation was to ascertain whether the programme activities implemented for micro income generating projects were being carried out as per plan; and what could be done to improve operations of the Harnessing Youth Potential Project. The study developed a utilization focused evaluation theories. It adopted a case study used simple random sampling and purposive sampling methods. The sample size for the simple random sampling was used to select 10 key informants. The questionnaire solicited data from the beneficiaries and interviews from key informants. The study also used documentary analysis. Data was analyzed using SPSS 20 charts and tables exported to MS excel for easy production of graphs, charts and tables. The study used content analysis and quotations. Findings revealed that the project was run as per plan. In support, all informants indicated that they knew