The Evaluation of Irish Aid’s Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Niassa provinces, Mozambique 2007-2016 assessed the effectiveness and performance of the Provincial Programmes, in order to inform the development of a new Mission Strategy in Mozambique.
The evaluation covered two programme cycles. The programme for the first period, 2007-2011, specifically sought to align with Mozambique’s poverty reduction strategy (PARPA II). In the provinces of Inhambane and Niassa, Irish Aid’s local development programme focused on specific sectors (notably agriculture, education health and public works). It sought to strengthen local government capacity to manage resources transparently and effectively, and increase citizens’ participation in the elaboration and implementation of local development plans, particularly at district level.
Irish Aid’s Country Strategy Paper for the period 2012-2016 was organised around three broad outcomes that focused on reducing poverty and vulnerability by enhancing livelihoods, particularly at provincial level, improving health and learning outcomes, particularly for women and vulnerable groups, and improving government accountability to citizens and particularly the poor. The strategy sought to take a focused, sector deep approach, and an integrated and multi-sectoral approach to vulnerability, livelihoods, resilience and social protection.
The main findings are outlined below; more detailed findings can be found in the report: