Spotlight on the Start Fund
Peer field review of the Malawi & Mozambique flood response
In January 2015, the Start Fund responded to flooding in Malawi and Mozambique. The floods had caused mass displacement and destroyed the vast majority of agricultural livelihoods, affecting more than 1 million people.
The Learning and Evaluation Committee conducted its normal peer-review of the response, and a number of key questions arose. With their approval, the Monitoring and Evaluation team at Action Against Hunger decided to launch a learning exercise from July 11-18 using the 1% learning budget.
A bespoke methodology was developed for the Start Fund’s first ever peer field review. The pilot was successful and led to a number of key findings, detailed in this case study.
The objectives of the peer field review were:
- to determine the extent to which the Start Fund contributed (positively or negatively) to the evolution of the crisis within the context of the overall relief efforts
- to identify factors that influence the likelihood of sustainability and impact
- to understand people’s perceptions about the response, with a focus on the extent to which their needs and rights have been supported and well-being strengthened since the disaster occurred.