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We need to change how we design and choose service providers

After working across the donor, private and NGO sectors for over 15 years and being heavily involved in how procurement is designed, here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • Often communities are involved in very quick design processes (as procurement is running late) through rapid needs assessments and selective focus groups.
  • Evaluations of previous funding cycles play a critical role – evaluation teams are often made up of seasoned professionals – who may bring their own biases. Fresh ideas and diverse teams are often missing from the design process.
  • I’ve been privileged to coordinate procurement processes which involve the host government collaborating with the funders. Communities and users often have no say in which agency provides their services – they have little-no purchasing power. Perhaps I am wrong?
  • The procurement is competitive in some cases. Detailed Request for Proposals. Some agencies are funded without any procurement process at all. Often agencies feel like they are all competing for the same pot of money – so they end up providing the same kinds of services. Health agencies start providing wider services like education; education agencies start providing health services – so differentiation becomes difficult and specialisations diminish.  
  • This private sector approach tendering is mismatched with the nature of the work. The market has become narrow and focused – stifling creativity and innovation.
  • The power is with those agencies who write proposals well and can pass due diligence – so local/grass roots agencies often do not lead big projects.

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Aid Works is publishing its Evaluation Process Toolkit for free

At Aid Works we want to help build local expertise in order to support organisations and consultants in the global south to conduct evaluations. Our Toolkit guides you through each stage of an evaluation and is suitable for all experience levels. Consisting of the main Toolkit and 9 additional resources, it features useful tips and links, examples from our work and opportunities to contact us for further support. Find out how to access the Toolkit here.

Improving community health care systems in South Sudan

Aid Works has been chosen to design South Sudan’s community health care monitoring system. The Ministry of Health has an ambitious plan to roll out the ‘Boma Health Initiative’ which aims to bring health care services to every village in South Sudan over the next five years. Continue reading

Improving global health interventions

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Aid Works to its roster of independent evaluators. This means that Aid Works can be called upon to provide thematic, strategic and impact level evaluations for WHO’s emergency responses, country offices and various frameworks and strategies.

Aid Works provides many organizations across the globe with tailored, independent evaluations, leading to improved project implementation – and therefore better outcomes for the affected populations. Being on the roster gives us the opportunity to improve WHO’s global impact and emergency responses. Our aim: to make aid work better. Together.

Reducing the risk of children drowning in Ghana

Aroma of Wisdom International School

Drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death of young people in every region of the world. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working with Felix Foundation in Ghana since 2015 to deliver water safety education through schools across Accra. In 2017, the project – funded by Jersey Overseas Aid – reached more than 25,000 children with water safety messages. Aid Works was commissioned to evaluate the project’s effectiveness and impact. Read the report here.

Using monitoring, evaluation and learning in the fight against AIDS

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a complex not-for-profit organisation that focuses on the development of an AIDS vaccine and other biomedical tools. To measure the progress of its new five-year Strategic Plan, IAVI contracted Aid Works to develop an organisation-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) system. Continue reading

Ensuring communities are better prepared for climate change shocks

Climate change is affecting all of us, but especially those in the poorest of nations. Aid Works has recently been chosen to conduct the final evaluation of the DFID-funded Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan (BRICS) project. BRICS is part of a three-year, £140m global resilience programme known as BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). Continue reading

Implementing integrated health projects in Sierra Leone

Aid Works recently completed the final evaluation of GOAL’s Integrated Health project in Sierra Leone, funded by Irish Aid and the European Union. This is one of the first evaluations reviewing development-orientated activities in Sierra Leone, since the end of the Ebola crisis. Continue reading

Reviewing DFID’s Integrated Community Case Management programme in South Sudan

Listen to this short podcast summarising our annual review of the DFID Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) programme in South Sudan. ICCM is a health strategy which utilises a massive network of community workers.  Find out:

  • What the programme aims to do
  • What it’s achieved in the last year
  • How to find out more about DFID’s work