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Conduct an Joint Impact Evaluation of CGP and SPRINGS in Lesotho - Linking Social Protection with Livelihoods

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   Apr 21, 2017
   Mai 12, 2017
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Social protection is one of the key priority sectors in the National Strategic Development Plan 2012-2017 (NSDP) and in the National Policy on Social Development approved in 2014 (Government of Lesotho, 2015). It represents at least 4.6 percent of GDP which is well above 1 to 2 per cent spent by most developing countries. There are currently ten different social protection/assistance programs implemented in Lesotho, covering Children, Education, Health, and Agriculture sectors. The biggest are the Child Grants Program (CGP), the Old Age Pension (OAP), the Public Assistance (PA) and the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Bursary programs.

The introduction of these social assistance programs represents different ways through which the Government of Lesotho (GoL) responds to the plight of people in difficult circumstances.  The CGP impact evaluation results reveal that the program has contributed to, among others, increased levels of expenditure on schooling and health needs for children. It has also played an important role in increasing food security as beneficiaries seemed to have access to food throughout the year (Pellerano et al., 2014). Despite these achievements, the CGP evaluation report highlights that the program has had very limited effect on accumulation of assets, and that there is no impact on savings and borrowing behavior. Furthermore, the CGP did not seem to have a significant impact on standard poverty measures.

The CGP evaluation report is available here:

https://transfer.cpc.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Lesotho-Child-Grants-Programme_Follow-up_April-2014.pdf

In July 2013 FAO-Lesotho began a pilot initiative called “Linking Food Security to Social Protection Program (LFSSP)”. The program’s objective was to improve the food security of poor and vulnerable households by providing vegetable seeds and training on homestead gardening to households eligible for the CGP. The decision to target these specific households was made under the idea that the two programs, in combination, would result in stronger impacts on the food security of beneficiary households as compared to each program in isolation. LFSSP was implemented in partnership with CRS (Catholic Relief Services) and RSDA (Rural Self Help Development Association). The FAO From Protection to Production (PtoP) team participated in the design of the LFSSP and conducted an impact evaluation whose findings showed positive effects of the combined programs on home gardening and productive agricultural activities (Dewbre et al., 2015).

OBJECTIVE OF THE JOINT EVALUATION OF CGP AND SPRINGS

In 2015 UNICEF, MOSD and CRS through European Union financial support agreed to implementing the Improving Child Wellbeing and Household Resiliency (ICWHR) pilot project, which aims at reducing vulnerabilities and increasing resiliency in CGP communities. FAO-Lesotho supported this initiative with the provision of vegetable seeds packages, training materials on Home Gardening and Nutrition and training for nutrition officers.  A second phase of this intervention, the Sustainable Poverty Reduction through Income, Nutrition and access to Government Services (SPRINGS) project, has started in 2016. SPRINGS aims to complement cash transfer with a community development package, which includes among others community based savings and internal lending groups with financial education, homestead gardening, participation in one Stop Shop / Citizen Services Outreach Days.

As part of the second phase of SPRINGS, UNICEF and MOSD commissioned the FAO Social Protection team (from now on the Evaluation Team) to plan an independent impact evaluation strategy of the joint implementation of CGP and SPRINGS. This evaluation has several objectives:

  • to establish the welfare and economic impacts of both CGP and SPRINGS and to assess possible synergies of their combined implementation (effectiveness);
  • to evaluate the extent to which it reaches the intended beneficiaries (targeting); and
  • to evaluate how these programs affect the local community where it operates, beyond those who directly benefit from it (spillovers).

 

Expected Outputs

  • Inception report with refined and approved Field Procedure Plan and Data management Plan
  • Translation of the questionnaires (Household, Community and Business)
  • A roster of recruited personnel with their corresponding qualifications and their CVs. Attached should be a contract or oath signed by the Consulting Firm and individual employees.
  • Training of the enumerators on the use of the devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.) if electronic data collection, and on anthropometric techniques if anthropometric measurements will be funded
  • Final Data Delivery report of the data collection process
  • Complete and clean datasets, with data correctly organized, variables named and labelled and appropriate identifiers that permit seamless merging between databases.

 

Full proposals should be submitted in ENGLISH and must be received by no later than 12 May 2017 at 12.00. Proposals may be hand delivered or couriered to the following address: UNICEF South Africa, Equity House, 659 Pienaar Street, Brooklyn, PO Box 4884, Pretoria 0001, or submitted electronically to saf-ppc@unicef.org

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