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Final Evaluation of Moro’o Livelihood Project Phase 1 & Mid – Term Evaluation of Livelihood Promotion

Caritas Keuskupan Sibolga (CKS) has implemented a Livelihood Promotion Project from May 2008 until the end of December 2009 in the sub-disctricts of Moro’o and Tugala Oyo of West Nias with the funding support from Caritas Austria. This project provided assistance for the tsunami affected population in the two sub-districts in December 2004 and the people affected by the earthquake in March 2005, as well as for poor families who have difficulties in their livelihood practices. In response to the pressing needs in the Livelihood sector in Nias, it has been decided to establish a similar project in the Alasa parish with a duration of 2 years from January 2010-December 2011. The Alasa parish project has been ongoing for almost one year now.

Since the start of the project, CKS Livelihood Department, has created opportunities in economically productive activities, increase agriculture activities for annual plants and seasonal plants, improved the health of and addressed malnutrition among children under five years old, developed women’s economic skills through handy craft promotion and the establishment of a Resource Centre to increase access to knowledge, skills and new ways for holistic, integrated and sustainable agriculture for the communities. The Resource Center will not just provide support for the Multi Stakeholder Organizations the community based organizations in the project area that have been established to strengthen the self-help capacities of the people but also for other interested farmers in the region.

Therefore, to measure the impact of the project during the implementation period of May 2008-end of December 2009 (for Moro’o) and January 2010 (for Alasa), CKS decided that a Final Evaluation and Mid-term Evaluation for Moro’o, Tugala Oyo and Alasa Parish was necessary.

To meet the purpose, CIRCLE Indonesia was commissioned to conduct the evaluation in January 2011. The main objective of the evaluation of the livelihood project is to know and measure the level of achievement of the project targets, the impact of project activities on communities and project progresses at the field level. This includes the activities (and the level of capacities and skills) of the Multi Stakeholder Organizations as well as the Resource Centre to strengthen food security and household income through training and support from CKS in cooperation with the West Nias and Alasa Parishes and two Diocesan structures Commission of social economic development (PSE) and Credit Union (KSP3) in the project area in West Nias (Communities in Moro’ö, Tugala Oyo and Alasa).

A number of methods of data collection were employed during the evaluation, e.g. document review, Focussed Group Discussion (FGD), in-depth interview, and observation in 10 villages in Nias. In the 10 villages, members of the Circle evaluation team met with the respective community members, self-help group boards and members, nutrition post cadres, head of villages, and key stakeholders of the project. The team also held discussion sessions with all project staff and management of Caritas Sibolga as part of the data collection.

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