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Effectiveness Review: Evaluation of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Response in Chad

Effectiveness Review: Evaluation of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Response in Chad

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This report presents the findings of an effectiveness review carried out on Oxfam's response to the 2011/2012 food insecurity response in Chad that was undertaken through the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Tool.

Overall the response scored 64% and met or almost met eight of the 12 standards. This is marginally above the 60% cut-off point. Considerable efforts were made to ensure that the number of beneficiaries increased as the situation deteriorated, enabling the response to provide assistance to over 250,000 people. Throughout, the programme demonstrated a high degree of attention to conflict sensitivity and ensured that women

This report presents the findings of an effectiveness review carried out on Oxfam's response to the 2011/2012 food insecurity response in Chad that was undertaken through the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Tool.

Overall the response scored 64% and met or almost met eight of the 12 standards. This is marginally above the 60% cut-off point. Considerable efforts were made to ensure that the number of beneficiaries increased as the situation deteriorated, enabling the response to provide assistance to over 250,000 people. Throughout, the programme demonstrated a high degree of attention to conflict sensitivity and ensured that women

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Evaluation of Oxfam’s Humanitarian
Response in Chad Project Effectiveness Review
Oxfam GB OGB Global Humanitarian Outcome Indicator Evaluation Date March, 2013 Publication Date February, 2014
Cover photo: Oxfam GB, Food distribution site, Mandjoura, MEAL monitoring survey
 
 
 
Table of contents
Abbreviations ........................................................................................................... 4
 
1 Executive summary .............................................................................................. 6
1.1 Context of the humanitarian response ............................................................................................ 6
 
1.1
 
Bac
kground to Oxfam’s work in Chad
 .............................................................................................. 7
 
1.3 Oxfam’s crisis response strategy
 ...................................................................................................... 8
 
1.4 Oxfam’s food crisis intervention logic
 .............................................................................................. 8
 
2 Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Indicator Tool
(GHIT) ......................................... 9
 
2.1 Coverage and methodology ............................................................................................................. 9
 
2.2 Limitations ........................................................................................................................................ 9
 
2.3 Structure of the report ..................................................................................................................... 9
 
3 Timeliness ........................................................................................................... 10
 
3.1 Towards a meaningful assessment of the benchmark in the context of Chad .............................. 10
 
3.2 Oxfam’s response to the crisis
 ....................................................................................................... 10
 
3.3 Aid delivery start-up ....................................................................................................................... 14
 
3.4 Towards a judgement of the standard............................................................................................ 16
 
4 Coverage ............................................................................................................ 16
 
4.1 The response .................................................................................................................................. 16
 
4.2 Progression of targets and beneficiaries reached ......................................................................... 18
 
4.3 Coverage vs. targets ....................................................................................................................... 19
 
4.4 Towards a judgement on the standard .......................................................................................... 23
 
5 Technical quality ............................................................................................... 23
 
5.1 Defining the benchmark ................................................................................................................. 23
 
5.2 Use of standards ............................................................................................................................ 23
 
5.3 Mitigating factors ........................................................................................................................... 28
 
5.4 Towards a judgement on the standard .......................................................................................... 29
 
6 MEAL ................................................................................................................... 29
 
6.1 Elaboration of the MEAL Strategy in Chad ..................................................................................... 29
 
6.2 Implementation weaknesses ......................................................................................................... 31
 
6.3 Towards a judgement on the standard .......................................................................................... 32
 
7.1 Community participation in programme design and delivery ....................................................... 33
 
7.2 Accountability: Feedback and complaints .................................................................................... 35
 
7.3 Towards a judgement on the standard ......................................................................................... 36
 
8 Partnership ........................................................................................................ 36
 
8.1 Oxfam’s choice of partners and activities
 covered ....................................................................... 37
 
8.2 Review of partnerships
 –
 past and future ..................................................................................... 37
 
8.3 Towards a judgement of the benchmark ...................................................................................... 38
 
9 Conflict sensitivity and harm reduction .......................................................... 39
 
9.1 Safe programming and protection ................................................................................................ 39
 
9.2 Towards a judgement of the standard .......................................................................................... 40
 
10 Gender and vulnerability ................................................................................ 40
 
 
 10.1 Evidence of gender-specific integration into Food Crisis programming ..................................... 41
 
10.2 Results achieved .......................................................................................................................... 42
 
10.3 Towards a judgement of the standard ........................................................................................ 44
 
11 Preparedness................................................................................................... 45
 
11.2 The updated Contingency Plan ................................................................................................... 46
 
11.3 Towards a judgement of the standard ........................................................................................ 47
 
12 Advocacy ......................................................................................................... 47
 
12.1 International lobbying and advocacy .......................................................................................... 47
 
12.2 Media .......................................................................................................................................... 49
 
12.3 Programme-level advocacy work ................................................................................................ 51
 
12.4 Towards a judgement on the standard ....................................................................................... 51
 
13 One-programme approach ............................................................................. 52
 
13.1 Sustainability and resilience ........................................................................................................ 52
 
13.2 Towards a judgement on the standard ....................................................................................... 55
 
14 Staff capacity ................................................................................................... 55
 
14.1 Towards a judgement on the standard ....................................................................................... 60
 
Appendix 1: Secondary data sources ................................................................. 60
 
Appendix 2: Benchmarks and standards ............................................................. 63
 

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