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Final Evaluation of the National Initiative for Civic and Voters Education (NICE) Project in Malawi (Phase II, 2000 2006) for the European Union

Matthew and David conducted the final evaluation of the NICE Project (Phase II) in Malawi over a two month period in August and September, 2006. The main purpose of the requested final evaluation of NICE II (funded by the European Delegation in Malawi) was to assess how far the purpose and expected results of the project, as expressed in the project’s Financing Agreement and logframe, have been achieved in terms of benefits derived and effectiveness of the purpose of the project from the point of view of the beneficiaries

The evaluation found NICE II to be a highly successful project. Although a a number of weaknesses were identified in Phase II they need to be understood in the context of a highly successful national civic education programme.

In the period under review, NICE changed and grew, changing from being a voter and election-focused Initiative to one providing more broad-based civic education around a range of focal points. NICE also shifted from being a GTZ-managed EC project (Externalised Direct Labour Operations) to Direct Labour Operations, with local Malawian leadership. It managed the transition very well.

The key weakness of NICE II – and a key challenge for the future – lies with the need for the Government of Malawi to make the appropriate level of commitment to and ownership of NICE.
 

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