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Focus on quality over quantity: fewer activities but with better impact

There was a lack of continuity and follow-up in some areas of project work. This suggests that the project tried to include too many elements within a single project with …
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Align project activities with existing government initiatives to promote women’s participation

The project made sure that women were included in the paralegal network. This made the project more representative and promoted the defense of women’s interests at the local level. This …

The grantee collected rich and interesting data but was let down by not analyzing this data sufficiently to provide evidence of progress. Moreover, the overall M&E system needed more coherence, …

The training participants came from key local players – representatives of national, regional and local media outlets – mostly from the printed press. The involvement of television, radio, new social …

The training gave a wide understanding of all dimensions of human rights, both civil-political and socio-economic rights. This led to a rich and interesting diversity in articles produced by journalists. …

The training materials and techniques were effective. The training was based on a standardised 57 page training manual covering everything from training techniques through to democracy and human rights issues, …

The project was output driven. The participants came away with concrete published articles at the end of the process. In addition, the award and competition for best article held in …

The training itself was well-structured and involved separate training sessions for journalists and CSO/NGO representatives followed by joint sessions of both groups plus editors. The content itself was highly engaging …

The project was well designed – it targeted 12 of the most marginalized districts in the country, this was a manageable number, and meant that implementation was achieved without the …

When implementing projects with multiple activities combining logistical, analytical and presentational challenges, strong co-ordination and synchronization mechanisms can ensure effective delivery and flexibility.