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This article is taken from the May 2001 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Innovative logframe planning for the WK Kellogg Foundation Africa Programme

David and Matthew are currently assisting the W K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Africa programme develop a programme-wide monitoring and evaluation strategy.

The WKKF Africa Programme

The WKKF Africa Programme works across 8 Southern African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. The Programme aims are two-fold:

  • To assist in the regionís social and economic transformation through investments that will maximise the regionís systematic social and economic change as evidenced by inclusive and growing economies, better policy environments, and more participatory institutions and effective leaders, and

  • To nurture examples of healthy and sustainable rural communities with mutual, healthy urban links and greater advancements for women and youth in economic power, civic participation and skills development.

These goals will be achieved by three initiatives, namely:

  • the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP), which aims to build capacity and promote civic participation, and thereby transform rural institutions to promote rural development.

  • the Initiative for Development and Equity in African Agriculture (IDEAA), which aims to facilitate the transformation of institutions and related policies that hinder effective provision of services to small-holder farmers.

  • the Leadership Regional Network for Southern Africa (LeaRN), which aims to nurture leadership for social and economic transformation through learning opportunities, building social partnerships and facilitating critical reflection.

Activities to be performed 11by these three initiatives include promoting better community governance structures (such as womenís and youth organisations), promoting civic participation at all levels of governance, developing a leadership academy, building a leadership network, promoting credit institutions for small-holder farmers, and developing models of integrated rural development.

Taking logframes a bit further...

To assist the WK Kellogg Foundation succeed with this ambitious programme, S&T has been assisting the initiatives in a series of workshops, working alongside a Harare-based company, Cyberplex. Our task is to develop robust planning documents that are internally coherent; provide realistic targets; assist managers and implementers; guide evaluators; enhance monitoring; and are not cluttered with too many indicators or milestones. To do so, we have had to make traditional logframes more flexible, allow space for qualitative and process indicators, and make them flexible enough to reflect initiative activities alongside six support services, across the eight countries.

Once this process is complete S&T will assist the programme identify different evaluative opportunities and methods for each initiative, and following this define programme-wide monitoring and evaluation possibilities.

 

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