Project: Cultivating Democratic Leaders from Marginalized Groups in Thailand
Evaluation Date: December 2010
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

When project beneficiaries are marginalized not only by geography and ethnic origin but by mainstream politics and public attitudes, advocacy opens up a political space in which the aspirations and expectations of young people and their communities are more likely to be met. Survey results might have been of interest to the media generally – including international media – and media coverage might have contributed to putting some serious social issues on the political agenda

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Towards a better electoral process in Mongolia
Evaluation Date: November 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The grantee prepaid for the activities that it wanted to undertake after the official end of the project. This included the entire public awareness campaign (printing and disseminating posters and handouts, and media spots). This ensured that they had time slots available, as the time for the electoral campaign is very short in Mongolia, and other NGOs and CSOs found out the hard way that all of the available advertising time had already been bought out by the two main political parties when they tried to buy time closer to the elections.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Strengthening promotion of women’s rights (Kenya)
Evaluation Date: October 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

While the project succeeded in bringing stories from women at grassroots level into the Kenyan mainstream media, simple steps could have improved the coverage of women’s issues. Several women mentioned that they were unable to provide images to illustrate the issues they wanted to highlight because either they did not have cameras or they had not been trained to use them. To ensure sustainability and quality in the coverage of women’s issues, the grantee should include training in photojournalism and social media in future activities.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Strengthening promotion of women’s rights (Kenya)
Evaluation Date: October 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Training in media management successfully created links between NGO’s and relevant journalists in Kenya, and empowered NGO’s to frame their messages in a more media friendly way. Previously, NGO’s had a difficult time making their material relevant to journalists, and lacked access to media outlets. The NGO training was seen as vital in promoting coverage of women’s issues in the media.

Theme: Women's empowerment