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  Independent Progress Review of Oxfam's DFID General Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA )   Final Report    Independent Progress Review of Oxfam GB's DFID General Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA)   Final Report   October 2012      2 Contents  Acronyms & Abbreviations …………………………………………………….…………………….……….. 3 Acknowledgements ................................................................................................................................ 4   Executive Summary ................................................................................................................................ 5   1   Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 10  1.1 Purpose of the evaluation ............................................................................................................ 10 1.2 Scope of the evaluation ............................................................................................................... 10 1.3 Focus of the evaluation ................................................................................................................ 10 1.4 Organisation context .................................................................................................................... 10 1.5 Logic and assumptions ................................................................................................................ 11 1.6 Overview of PPA funded activities ............................................................................................... 12 1.7 Relationship of DFID PPA funded activities to other programme activities .................................. 14 2   Evaluation Methodology ............................................................................................................... 15  2.1 Evaluation plan ............................................................................................................................ 15 2.1.1 Evaluation questions …..…… . …………………………………………………………….……. ...15 2.1.2    Evaluation design (and rationale for design)........................................................................ 15    2.1.3   Research methodology (and data collection strategy) ......................................................... 16    2.1.4    Analytical framework ........................................................................................................... 18    2.1.5     Approach to quality assurance of research.......................................................................... 18   2.2 Research problems encountered ................................................................................................. 18 2.3 Strengths and weaknesses of selected evaluation design and research methods in retrospect .. 19 3   Findings ......................................................................................................................................... 20  3.1 Results ......................................................................................................................................... 20 3.1.1   Performance assessment against logframe......................................................................... 20    3.1.2    Intended and unintended effects (positive and negative changes) on poor and marginalised groups and civil society ...................................................................................................................... 29  3.2 Relevance .................................................................................................................................... 31 3.2.1   Representativeness ............................................................................................................. 31   3.2.2    Targeting ............................................................................................................................. 31  3.3 Effectiveness ................................................................................................................................ 32 3.3.1   Learning............................................................................................................................... 32    3.3.2    Innovation ............................................................................................................................ 34   3.3.3   Partnership working ............................................................................................................. 36    3.3.4   Sustainability ....................................................................................................................... 37   3.4 Efficiency...................................................................................................................................... 39 3.4.1   Value for money assessment .............................................................................................. 40   3.5 Impact and value for money of PPA funding ................................................................................ 43 3.5.1    Attributable impacts of PPA funding on results, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency ..... 43   3.5.2    Value for money assessment of PPA funding ...................................................................... 48    4   Conclusions ................................................................................................................................... 50  4.1 Summary of achievements against evaluation criteria ................................................................. 50 4.2 Summary of achievements against rationale for PPA funding ..................................................... 51 4.3 Summary of issues encountered .................................................................................................. 52 4.4 Overall impact and value for money of PPA funded activities ...................................................... 52 5   Utility .............................................................................................................................................. 54   6   Lessons learned ............................................................................................................................ 54  6.1 Policy level ................................................................................................................................... 54 6.2 Sector level .................................................................................................................................. 54 6.3 PPA fund level ............................................................................................................................. 55 6.4 Organisational level  –  management, design, implementation ...................................................... 55 7   Recommendations ........................................................................................................................ 56   8   Annexes ......................................................................................................................................... 58     3 Acronyms & Abbreviations  ACCRA Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance  APR Annual Progress Report  ASALs Arid and Semi-Arid Lands BOND British Overseas NGOs for Development CaLP The Cash Learning Partnership CAT Fund Catastrophe Fund CHASE Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (of DFID) COP Conference of the Parties (to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate CSO Civil Society Organisation DAC Development Assistance Committee DEC Disasters Emergency Committee DECAF Disasters Emergency Committee - Accountability Framework DFID UK Department for International Development DMI Drought Management Initiative ECHO European Commission Humanitarian Office EU European Union GPF Global Performance Framework HECA Horn, East and Central Africa HELIOS OGB computerised online procurement system HIT Humanitarian Indicators Tool HQ Headquarters (Oxfam offices in Oxford UK) HSNP Hunger Safety Net Programme HSP Humanitarian Support Personnel IDSMT International Division Senior Management Team IPR Independent Progress Review M&E Monitoring and Evaluation MDG Millennium Development Goals MEAL Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning MEL Monitoring Evaluation and Learning NGO Non-Governmental Organisation ODI Overseas Development Institute OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OFDA Office of Disaster Administration OGB Oxfam Great Britain OPTI Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel PLT Programme Learning Team PPA Programme Partnership Agreement PPAT Programme Performance and Accountability Team QA Quality Assurance RC Regional Centre RSA Republic of South Africa SMS Single Management System TWADO Turkana Women Advocacy and Development Organisation UN OCHA Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs VFM Value for Money WASH Water Sanitation and Hygiene    4 Acknowledgements Large-scale reviews such as the PPA IPRs do not happen overnight or by themselves. We would not have been able to achieve the level of inquiry or assessment without the help and support of a large number of people:  At Oxfam House Helen Bushell, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Team Manager Elizabeth Fewtrell, Business Support Administrator  And all those who gave up their time to be interviewed (sometimes twice!) Country Offices Kenya: Nigel Tricks, Country Director and the staff at the country office in Kenya Pakistan: Arif Jabbar Khan, Country Director and all the staff at the country office in Pakistan Zimbabwe: Dr Tsitsi M Choruma, Country Director and all the staff at the country office in Zimbabwe Mohammad Tayyab, General Manager, CHIP Training and Consulting, Pakistan (for delivering the Pakistan Country Report) ITAD & Ipsos MORI Sam McPherson, ITAD Kelly Beaver, Ipsos MORI John D’Souza, Ipsos MORI  Sarah Owen, ITAD Jodie Dubber, ITAD Thank you.
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