Project: Together against violence and discrimination of women
Evaluation Date: March 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The evaluators expressed concern that the local vigilance groups’ members were all volunteers and that this might affect the longer-term operations of the groups in Djibouti. Interviews with group members suggested that some groups had continued to work while others had not – a result of the volunteer nature of the groups and a function of the commitment and energy of individual members.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Together against violence and discrimination of women
Evaluation Date: March 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

There was particular concern about the role of the local vigilance groups in Djibouti. While there was obvious enthusiasm and energy to improve understanding in the communities, especially from the female members of the groups, the male leaders’ responses to instances of violence perpetuated the community-negotiated outcomes that avoided reporting violence to the authorities and resulted in silencing women.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Together against violence and discrimination of women
Evaluation Date: March 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project design was faulty and unlikely to have a positive impact on the problem of sexual and gender based violence. There were in fact indications that the project had a negative effect. Women involved in activities, because of the ingrained patriarchal culture, were pressured to stay silent. In addition the repetition of messages underlining the dependent status of women, and the perpetuation of traditional responses to incidences of violence that deny the legal rights of the woman, for example – were likely to be negative.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Media and art as catalysts for free speech and access to information in Jordan
Evaluation Date: January 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

There were concerns about the sustainability of the project’s outcomes as well as the sustainability of the grantee itself. The grantee’s institutional funding model is project-focused and no serious consideration seems to have been given to diversifying funding sources or raising income in other ways. Without project funding, there are many ‘down times’ that lead the volunteers becoming disillusioned and websites become dated.

Theme: Media
Project: Media and art as catalysts for free speech and access to information in Jordan
Evaluation Date: January 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project had no impact in terms of advocating for freedom of speech and press freedom because the focus of the project shifted to other areas of activity such as the observatory website. Further, the design of the project did not sufficiently take into account that the obstacles to free speech and freedom of expression are also systemic and intricately linked to reactions to the political and social challenges currently facing the country in particular the influx of refugees as a result of conflicts in the region.

UNDEF/Jordan
Theme: Media
Project: Media and art as catalysts for free speech and access to information in Jordan
Evaluation Date: January 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project had a positive impact on the artists involved and to a lesser extent the journalist trainees. The Freedom Messenger artists interviewed saw the project as opening a door to new audiences and new ideas for their work. However this was limited by the funds made available to them. The journalists interviewed were similarly enthusiastic and saw positive benefits from their participation in the training and in the Freedom Messengers Network.

UNDEF/Jordan
Theme: Media