Project: Supporting local democratic governance in the mining regions of northern Upper Guinea
Evaluation Date: September 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The capacity-building component created social capital in the region and engaged participants and beneficiaries in absorbing and integrating sustainable local governance practices. Facilitators confirmed their continued involvement in the community affairs and their continued participation in Reflection Circles, which have become transparent spaces for civic debate, focused on the promotion of local governance tools such as the Local Development Plans, the annual investment plan and the municipal budgets.

Theme: Rule of law
Project: Towards Collaborative and Transparent Local Development Planning
Evaluation Date: December 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project avoided the political dimension of decentralization, although its consideration would have been important to ensure relevance over time. While the project helped local areas to move towards a decentralized governance system, steps remain to be taken to institute genuine decentralization – particularly the election of local officials and adequate transfer of resources. Therefore the inclusion of an advocacy component would have greatly strengthened the programme.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Strengthening Democratic Participation Among Indigenous Peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico
Evaluation Date: May 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Another activity that did not materialize out was participation in international events. Although the grantee considered it important to get to know and share experiences with other stakeholders committed to promoting indigenous rights, it received no invitation to participate in international events and thus made no effort to attend any – probably due to the turnover in its Board of Directors and the team’s excessive workload during the project execution period.

Theme: Community activism