Donor: Oxfam Novib
Pakistan’s social sector development is plagued with multiple problems. Nonetheless, some of them are not only the problems themselves but can create problems of various kinds. For instance, absence of understanding on life skills makes the lives of poor miserable leaving them victim to perpetual growth of further poverty and problems. Early marriages, taking an example, in both genders, may result in domestic violence, sexual abuse and childhood pregnancies.
Gender Empowerment and Institutional Development Programme (GEIDP) aimed at improving the conditions in social fabric of Pakistan through multiple initiatives including capacity building of its target groups on following factors/constructs:
- Life skills
- Early marriage
- AIDS/HIV and STIs preventions
GEIDP aims to focus on enhancing knowledge and capacities of youth, parents, teachers, government, media, parliamentarians, political parties to ensure that the youth can claim their fundamental rights. Similarly, it also focuses on lobbying with Government for creating a favorable policy environment.
The impact evaluation was carried nationwide in following geographic areas:
Punjab: Multan and Rawalpindi
Sindh: Umarkot and Sanghar
KP: Mardan, Abottabad, and Haripur
AJK: Neelum Valley
Assessment was aimed to review the extent at which Oxfam and its Partners were able to implement the project goal, outcomes and activities within the agreed timeframe. The impact evaluation was aimed to determine relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project.
Impact assessment resulted in concrete recommendations towards the sustainability of rights based programming in the changing internal and external environments. It also provided recommendations on improving strategies and identified gaps in attaining objectives and documented key lessons learnt and success stories.