Since 1972, Norwegian Church Aid has been providing emergency assistance in Sudan. With funding from NRK Telethon, the organization implemented a project entitled “Sustaining and Expanding Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Services to the Vulnerable and Underserved Communities in Rural Areas of South and Central Darfur.” Over a 3-year period, NCA implemented Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities to expand access to safe/clean water and enhance sustainability of water supply infrastructure and services in the vulnerable communities. The program's aim was to ensure access to a sustainable water supply.
The evaluation is an external evaluation. The project was assessed according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC) evaluation parameters: relevance and quality of design, efficiency of implementation, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability.
Key findings and recommendations
The collected data showed that the project was highly relevant. Community members reported that water resources and services were among the most pressing needs in the target villages. The activities implemented by NCA were also consistent with the overall goal and the attainment of its objectives. Accordingly, the activities were consistent with their intended impacts as it made available much-needed water supply and assisted in the capacity building of community Water Management Structures.
The evaluation recommends always aim to specifically define the subset of the most vulnerable people present amongst the IDP/refugee populations to ensure that those groups are specifically reached during program implementation. Future programs should also attempt to increase women’s representation in Water Management Structures. Additionally, gender aspects and indicators should be given consideration in future programming. One should also further strengthen the capabilities of beneficiaries and continue capacity building of Water Management Structures in the target communities. This includes training in repairs and providing spare parts and equipment for water sources.