AFPDE SKILL Grant Summary Report
31 August 2022
In January 2022 AFPDE was awarded Start Network’s Sharing Knowledge and Ideas Under Local Leadership (SKILL) Grant, to conduct a peer learning programme focused on a research project of their choosing. AFPDE connected with other local, national and international organisation as well as members of the community and local officials, to organise a series of research activities and explore community resilience in Nundu, Lemera and Ruzizi health zones of the DRC. This report is condensed from the full research report written by Bagula Amato, who was the consultant hired by AFPDE to lead the data collection and research analysis which captures the findings and recommendations from this work.
Development assistance (especially in the context of resilience activities) has always been about achieving long-term change, not short-term response. Even effective and well-managed projects lose their meaning if they do not lead to a significant sustainable improvement for communities affected by crisis. With this in mind, AFPDE is focusing how it can contribute to improving longer term outcomes for communities within the framework of community resilience. This is after having noted that the aid provided through short term emergency responses does not enable the beneficiary communities to be autonomous in certain sectors, and that communities more often than not return to the same situation, facing the same hardships, after the departure of the NGOs especially when the same crisis re-occurs.
To carry out this strategic reorientation towards community resilience, AFPDE needs a solid and coherent framework for monitoring and evaluating for all the responses they have provided across the three different health zones to measure achievements and promote learning around community resilience.
This research aims to:
- ALIGN THE MONITORING AND EVALUATION MECHANISM WITH RESULTS-BASED MANAGEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD AND ASSISTED COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT IN THE DIFFERENT SECTORS WHERE NGOS OPERATE
- FOSTER CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING ABOUT THE IMPACT OUTCOMES OF THE ASSISTANCE GIVEN IN EACH HOUSEHOLD
- SIMPLIFY THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF SOME OF THE ORGANISATIONS OPERATING IN THESE AREAS.EVEN EFFECTIVEAND WELL-MANAGED PROJECTS LOSE THEIR MEANING IFTHEY DO NOT LEAD TO A SIGNIFICANT SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY CRISIS