Tanzania. April 2017.
The objective of the project was to strengthen the public dialogue on natural resource governance, and to contribute to poverty reduction and long term rights-based development. The project sought to mobilize religious leaders and community members on transparency and accountable governance, economic empowerment, gender justice and peace building through an interfaith approach where gas/ oil discoveries and exploration were made.
This is an End of Project Evaluation report for the Accountable Resource Governance of Oil and Gas Sector in Tanzania for Social Economic Development 2014-2016. The evaluation used six principles to see to which extent the project objectives have been met; unintended achievements and constraints; reviewing whether the assumed risks had any impact during the project cycle; evaluating the added value of NCA; identifying key lessons learnt for partners and NCA and propose recommendations for future programming on natural resources management and governance.
Key findings and recommendations
The findings shows that the general performance of the programme is mixed amid various challenges. The activities under the programme and specific project were found to have made strides in various levels ranging from establishment of inter-faith committee, uniting communities and ensuing action, and changes in the communities in terms of economic empowerment, participation in decision making especially in relation to oil and gas, demanding for accountability and public expenditure tracking. Progress was noted in terms of access to justice spurred by the work of trained paralegals in the communities although their work is not optimal.
A number of recommendations are made in this report. These include need for capacity strengthening and building, reconsidering the projects structure, and strengthening reporting, learning and communication components. Others recommendations include improving on trainings, strengthening IGAs, providing support to Paralegals and PETS, increasing resources, conducting value for money evaluation and developing a solid sustainability and exit plan.