Aries Consult is pleased to announce that it has completed the final evaluation of the EU-funded Community Violence Reduction (CVR) project "COMMUNITY STABILIZATION AND RESILIENCE BUILDING & COMMUNITY VIOLENCE REDUCTION PROJECTS IN L’OUHAM PENDE, NANA GRIBIZI & KEMO" implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Central African Republic.
This project, which was designed to reduce violence and build resilience in three regions of the Central African Republic, was a complex and ambitious effort that required careful planning and execution. Aries Consult was tasked with conducting the final evaluation of the project, with the goal of assessing its achievements, extracting good practices, and documenting lessons learned and recommendations for the future.
To guide our evaluation, we followed the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria, which assess projects using six key criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. Our evaluation was conducted in accordance with the evaluation framework developed for this project, which outlined the specific objectives and questions that needed to be addressed.
Some of the key objectives of the evaluation included reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of the project in achieving its intended results, assessing the relevance and sustainability of the project components, and evaluating the overall impact of the project on CVR, community stabilisation, and resilience building. We also examined the level of ownership and participation by the local committees and beneficiaries, and assessed the accountability component of the project, including gender considerations, complaint and feedback mechanisms, and the "do no harm" principle.
Finally, we assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the project design and implementation process, and identified concrete lessons learned and recommendations for future projects. In addition to these core themes, we also considered cross-cutting issues such as gender, accountability to affected populations, rights-based approaches, and the environment.
Overall, we believe that the final evaluation of the EU-funded CVR project has provided valuable insights into the successes and challenges of this important initiative. By working closely with IOM and other partners, we hope to contribute to the long-term stability and prosperity of the Central African Republic.