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Bringing together 10 years of useful lessons learned from UNDEF civil society projects

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Identify not just a need but also an effective intervention point

The project was implemented at an opportune time (2011-2012), coinciding with the run-up to the 2012 elections. It also aligned with the drafting of the National Gender Equality Policy (2013) …
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Cooperation between national and international level NGOs needs to focus on concrete activities

The strong partnership between a reliable, experienced international NGO and national NGOs from Ukraine and Moldova worked well to leverage results and to enhance the impact of activities. The value …

The project’s planned SMS platform was overtaken by the use of social networks, partly because more participating women had access to smartphones than was originally expected at project planning stage, …

The project did not fully reflect on the strategic implications of supporting citizen journalists or bloggers. In at least some locations, professional journalists perceived citizen journalists as competitors, and there …

The project document did not explicitly prioritize the identified needs from the point of view of marginalized women. As a result, despite the sound analysis, the project’s relevance was hampered …

The grantee presented the project as a partnership with three other NGOs and a private commercial radio station. The partners clearly brought added value to the proposal because they had …

The project design lacked clarity of purpose and prioritization: it was not clear whether the grantee’s intention was to improve gender sensitivity in reporting, to give a bigger role to …

It is important to note that the project benefited from the perceived neutrality of UNDEF as a UN agency donor. In the sensitive context of Zimbabwe in relation to the …

The project ensured that a critical mass of women in the 10 communities across the country have acquired skills necessary to use social media purposefully to exchange information. The WhatsApp …

The training gave a very palpable boost to the self-confidence of the women who participated. The capacities of citizen journalists have also been substantially improved, and some women have clearly …