WENDI Midterm Evaluation Report
AFARD, with support of Gorta, is been implementing a 7-year integrated area-based development programme – West Nile Development Initiative (WENDI) - in the West Nile districts of Nebbi, Zombo, Arua, Yumbe and Moyo in 82 Beneficiary Organization with 10,205 households and 73,958 people. The strategic goal of WENDI is, “to contribute to building a West Nile society in which the people are prosperous, healthy, and informed particularly by empowering rural marginalized communities to transform their energies for the attainment of secure and self-sustaining livelihoods.” This programme is also linked to Irish Aid and FAO project supports.
This external mid-term performance evaluation was conducted to provide Gorta and AFARD with: (i) an independent view of the performance of the programme with particular attention to the impact so far realized; and (ii) Key lessons and recommendations for the remaining phase of the programme. The findings are:
a) Relevance: WENDI addresses the core, holistic and prioritized needs of the targeted marginalized communities and it is in line with the priorities of the various District and Lower Local Governments, Gorta/AFARD visions, the National Development Plan 2010-15, CAADAP of NEPAD, and the Millennium Development Goals.
b) Effectiveness: WENDI Programme implementation is on track. Few outcome targets are already surpassed. All planned objectives will likely be achieved by 2015 (except for income and AFARD sustainability).
c) Efficiency: WENDI exhibits flexible management practices. AFARD policies are fully adhered to. The annual cost per capita is low and the cost-benefit analysis has a high 1.5 return on investment. Regular monitoring informs learning and strategy development and accountability and transparency is exhibited to all stakeholders.
d) Impact: There are many positive changes: 60% eat 3 balanced meals a day; only 2% have cash saving of UGX 1 million; 86% use safe drinking water and malaria declined from 66% to 21%; 86% know their HIV status; 87% of pregnant mothers delivered in health facilities; literacy level increased from 20% to 57%; 47% participated in LLG decision-making processes; and BOs had UGX 1.1 billion as loan fund.
e) Sustainability: Local contributions average 52% of total investment; Beneficiary households have diversified livelihood activities to sustain food and economic security; Group Loan Scheme increased financial inclusion; Community by-laws on health and education is ensuring compliance; Functional committees are managing their groups and Production for the market and assets has improved market access.
Building A Healthy Olamkule Community, New Report
We are grateful to all the people who have contributed towards the successful completion of this study. First and foremost are the friends of Fr. Alfred Mungujakisa in the United States of America (Stephen J. Steve Power and Andy Solari) under a New Jersey non-profit organization that provided the funding without which the Olamkule Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project itself would have remained an unfulfilled aspiration.
Secondly, the people of Olamkule who accepted to share with us all their lives by way of answering questions that touch their personal lives. Special mention is made of Kisa Emmanuel who jointly supervised the data collection process and Wabitho Gladys, Rubanga Santos, Jakisa O. Jimmy, and Thocakocon Urwoth who crisscrossed Olamkule village administering the questionnaires among their fellow village mates.
Last but not least, we appreciate the support we got from fellow staff of AFARD not only in developing the questionnaires but also in the subsequent activities related to field supervision, data collation and analysis let alone the many discussions on the draft reports.
We strongly believe that the efforts we and others not mentioned here have collectively invested herein will bear fruits for ‘Building a Healthy Olamkule Community.’
Alfred Lakwo and Franklyn J.B. Chonga
New Publications in November
AFARD, with funding from Gorta, has been implementing the West Nile Development Initiative (WENDI) programme. Among other things, WENDI strives for food and nutrition security and economic empowerment of poor rural farmers in marginalized areas of West Nile region. To achieve these aims, the programme included small animals – poultry and goats – as a means of diversifying diet and increasing household incomes. Poor livestock management practices and attitudes continued to retard the growth in livestock population.
Thus, AFARD and AFRISA took up a win-win partnership of bringing Makerere University (i.e., the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (COVAB)) to the West Nile villages in order to develop livestock farming as a business/livestock for wealth creation with the trainees growing as artisan professionals-cum- entrepreneurs. Theoretical trainings commended in March/April 2013. Each trainee had a business plan to execute once back home in order to: (i) adopt better livestock management practices; (ii) grow his/her enterprise and income; and (iii) provide extension services to group members (of course at a fee). The trainees also received on-field visits from AFRISA and routine mentoring visits from AFARD.
Within 8-months, a number of visible wealth creation results have been produced. First, better livestock management practices has improved in the entire WENDI programme outreach communities as death rates of birds and goats declined by more than 56%. Farmers house their livestock, provide supplementary feeds, and conduct regular treatment against notable diseases. Second, all trainees have established livestock businesses with business linkages along the value chains. These businesses are growing very fast as can be evident by Mr. Taban in Yumbe who started with 18 birds and now has 114 birds. Third, from these businesses, wealth accumulation is on the rise. A number of the trainees also have joined the banks as they save their extra incomes on their bank accounts. Nice reading!
Dr. Alfred Lakwo