Project: Empowering Civil Society and Women to Engage in Policy Processes
Evaluation Date: August 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project led to greater representation of women in decision making processes in the geographic areas covered by the project. The Women’s Network in the municipalities contributed to enhancing participation and also played a role in setting a municipal policy agenda and carrying out social audits. The project also succeeded in mobilizing community based organizations and women’s networks in extremely challenging socio-economic conditions of exclusion and extreme.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Enhancing Dialogue for Inclusive Constitution
Evaluation Date: February 2012
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The grantee seemed to have missed the opportunity to convince the project’s former beneficiaries of the importance of continued dialogue, negotiation and networking to ensure sustainability. Since the Constitutional Assembly in Nepal failed and, taking into account the project’s long-term objective to establish a mutually shared vision of Nepal’s future form of governance, the project’s former beneficiaries could have played a lasting key role in further disseminating relevant knowledge and information, in particular at the grass-roots level.

Theme: Interaction with government
Project: Panchayati Raj Institution Action for Community Development
Evaluation Date: January 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project mainly addressed social issues through women’s federations, which were recently founded in Haryana and Uttarakhand States in India. The federations provided opportunities for women from several Panchayats to share and exchange ideas on how to solve pressing local issues related to domestic violence, health and education. Former project staff – on a voluntary basis – are still involved as facilitators in the federation process.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Constructing Citizenship in San Luis de Potosí
Evaluation Date: April 2013
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Before the project CSOs in the region worked in isolation. After the project many realized what can be accomplished if they work together—specifically, taking advantage of the opportunity offered by the CSO network. Several of the CSOs interviewed considered the mere fact of getting to know one other and learning “who does what” a very positive development. This has fostered solidarity among them, creating connections and enabling them to learn about each other and share services and skills.

Theme: Rule of law