World Neighbors (WN) and Yayasan Mitra Tani Mandiri Flores (YMTM F) have colaborated to implement the Capacity Building Programme for Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Improvement in Nagekeo District, funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Nusa Tenggara Assistance for Regional Autonomy (ANTARA)-AusAID programme.. Starting to commence in November 2007 , the 3 year programme was organized in 20 villages, spreading out in four districts of Nagekeo. The programme had the following main objectives.
- To increase corn production.
- To increase the income of poor and very poor families.
- To improve market access and value added of commodity marketing of candle nuts and cashew nuts.
The programme had several main components, namely
- Land and Water Conservation, Management of food crops and long aged trees
- Strengthening UBSP groups and cooperatives.
- Strengthening access to finance in the form of Matching Grant loans.
- Development of entrepreneurship.
- Post-harvest and Collective marketing
What We Have Done
During November 2010 to Desember 2011, Circle Indonesia conducted evaluation of the programme, whose executive summary of the report can be downloaded through the link in sidebar. The variables evaluated were the programme’s outreach, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, cost-benefit, feasibility, impact, sustainability and replication and scaling up. In general, the evaluation used qualitative approach in its data collection process as well as in its analysis on the programme.
Data collection had been carried out more through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews. However, the evaluation was supported by reviews and calculation of various achievement and economic impacts of the programme of which data profile was quantitative. It also made use the results of end line surveys that had been done separately by using quantitative methods.
FGDs were done in nine villages, of which each involved between 10-25 representatives of village administration, farmers and cattle breeder groups, crafters and other groups. Interviews were carried out with key informants, among others administrators of farmers association and the union of farmers association, farmers groups’ members, administrators of people’s commodity, administrators of Wira Mandiri Cooperatives, village administrators, district administrators, officials of the local House of Representatives and officials of related agencies at the regency level. All findings were represented in a validation forum that involved manager and field staff of the programme.