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Evaluation of Regional Humanitarian Work in West Africa

Evaluation of Regional Humanitarian Work in West Africa

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West Africa is fraught by conflict and natural disaster in a context of chronic poverty and human deprivation, which disproportionately affects women. The regional humanitarian project aims to enhance OGB and partners capacities to identify and respond to humanitarian crises in a timely, proportionate and appropriate manner. It further aims at promoting best practice in preparedness, response and donor ship of programmes throughout the wider humanitarian community. A regional humanitarian programme review was undertaken in the Oxfam GB (OGB) West Africa Regional Management Centre (WARMC) from 5 October to 2 November 2007. The review was undertaken as part of an ongoing effort to improve programme quality thorough regular cycles of reviews and feeding into the next phase of strategy development. The aim of this evaluation was to improve the effectiveness and coherence of regional humanitarian work in West Africa.
West Africa is fraught by conflict and natural disaster in a context of chronic poverty and human deprivation, which disproportionately affects women. The regional humanitarian project aims to enhance OGB and partners capacities to identify and respond to humanitarian crises in a timely, proportionate and appropriate manner. It further aims at promoting best practice in preparedness, response and donor ship of programmes throughout the wider humanitarian community. A regional humanitarian programme review was undertaken in the Oxfam GB (OGB) West Africa Regional Management Centre (WARMC) from 5 October to 2 November 2007. The review was undertaken as part of an ongoing effort to improve programme quality thorough regular cycles of reviews and feeding into the next phase of strategy development. The aim of this evaluation was to improve the effectiveness and coherence of regional humanitarian work in West Africa.

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Evaluation of Regional HumanitarianWork in West Africa
Full ReportOxfam GB Programme EvaluationNovember 2007Commissioned by: Oxfam GB West AfricaEvaluators: Raymond S. Mubayiwa
 
 
CONTENTS
Acknowledgements and Acronyms 3Executive Summary 41. Introduction 6
Purpose, Objectives and ScopeEvaluation MethodologyConstraints
 2. Development/Humanitarian Context in West Africa 83. Overview of the Regional Humanitarian Strategy 84. Review of the Design and Relevance of the Strategy 9
 
Humanitarian Rapid Response Register 9Management of the Register 10
Recruitment and Selection ProcessSecondment of Staff Technical and Management SkillsMaintenance of the Register 
Contingency Planning 11Financing of Innovative Research Pilot Projects 115. Effectiveness/Efficiency of the Strategy 12
6. Role of the Regional Humanitarian Team 12 
RHT Technical CapacityAdequacy of Support being providedNew emerging from the analysisCoordinationCoordination within the organizationCoordination with external stakeholders
. Sustainability of the Strategy and its Activities 14
Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and DevelopmentEarly Warning Systems
8.
Key Crosscutting Issues 15
 
9. Conclusion and Recommendations 1610. Annexed Documents 18
 
Annex 1: Evaluation Terms of ReferenceAnnex 2: Evaluation MatrixAnnex 3: Semi-structured interview guidesAnnex 4: List of persons interviewed
 
First Draft report 2
 
 
Annex 5: Documents reviewed
Acknowledgements
This is the final report of the evaluation of the West Africa regional humanitarian asdefined by PIP00166, WAFA54.The evaluator visited the West Africa Regional Management Centre in Dakar,Senegal for this review from 5 October to 2 November 2007. The evaluator compiledthe report on the basis of information from a document review, face to face andtelephone interviews.The evaluator would like to thank and acknowledge all those who facilitated this workat the field level, country level, the regional centre and in HD and in particular thoselisted by name in the appendix for taking their time from their busy schedule to beinterviewed as part of this evaluation. Acknowledgement is also extended to theexternal stakeholders who were also interviewed as part of this review.Responsibility for the opinions expressed in this report rests solely with the evaluator.
AcronymsTerm
 
ExplanationCAP
Consolidated Appeals Process
CPM
Country Programme Manager 
DRR
Disaster Risk Reduction
ECHO
European Commission Humanitarian Office
FAO
Food and Agricultural Organisation
HD
Humanitarian Department
HRRR
Humanitarian Rapid Deployment Register 
IPC
Integrated Food security and Humanitarian Phase Classification
LRRD
Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development
MEL
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
NGOs
Non-Governmental Organisations
OGB
Oxfam GB
OI
Oxfam International
OPAL
Oxfam Programme, Accountability and Learning
PH
Public Health
PHE
Public Health Engineering
PIP
Project Implementation Plan
RHC
Regional Humanitarian Coordinator 
RHT
Regional Humanitarian Team
RMT
Regional Management Team
TOR
Terms of Reference
UN
United Nations
WARMC
West Africa Regional Management Centre
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