Country: Sierra Leone (AFR)
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I. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
The development objective of this project is to contribute to the effective utilization of post-Ebola recovery funds in the health and the education sectors by strengthening monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at the chiefdom level in four selected districts.
B. Project Beneficiaries
The Project’s direct beneficiaries include:
The Project’s indirect beneficiaries include:
II. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A. Project Components
Component 1: Development and Implementation of tools to monitor Education and Health services
Component 2: Strengthening community-based structures to monitor service delivery and promote social accountability
Component 3: Managing and disseminating knowledge and learning
B. Project Financing
The financing instrument elected for this project is a Recipient Executed Trust Fund (RETF) Grant. The source of financing for this Grant is the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), housed within the World Bank. As per World Bank Trust Fund guidelines, given that this Trust Fund is smaller than US$5 million this Project is subject to World Bank procedures related to project preparation and supervision of Small RETF Grants. The Project cost is estimated to be US$684,000 to be financed completely by the GPSA grant. Additionally, the World Bank will commit an annual Project supervision budget in the amount of US$20,000.
A. Implementation Arrangements
The Project will be led and coordinated by IBIS. The organization will bear all reporting obligations, and their offices will be utilized for meetings and learning sessions in the districts. IBIS’s experience in strengthening civil society organizations to claim access to quality education goes back to five years of implementing a combined grant of over $10 million (DANIDA, DFID, UNICEF, EU, and SIDA) in Freetown, Kono, and Koinadugu.
The Institute of Governance Reform - SL (IGR) will serve as implementing partner to IBIS in delivering the project results. IGR will be the key link with external stakeholders. The project will rely on IGR’s experience and capacity in policy-oriented research and advocacy. IGR is implementing a two-year project funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) focusing on producing a service delivery index for health, education, water, and sanitation sectors and promoting citizen’s participation in governance through advocacy training for improved service delivery in selected districts.
IBIS will also engage with the Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) to complement their budget tracking work. BAN is a network of local and international organizations that focuses on promoting inclusiveness in the budget process, increasing access to information and improving responsiveness geared towards achieving gender sensitive and pro-poor budget and programs.
B. Results Monitoring and Evaluation
Service delivery will not be effective if the M&E approach taken is only specific to its programs, and fail to provide useful information on progress towards, or impact on, the wider objectives of addressing reform in Sierra Leone. The M&E of this program will, therefore, be directly anchored on the overall M&E framework of GoSL’s Agenda for Prosperity (A4P) that is implemented by the Ministry of Finance. The project will contribute to measuring performance on Pillar (1) Economic Diversification and Inclusive Growth, Pillar (3) Accelerating Human Development, Pillar (7) Governance and Public Sector Accountability and Pillar (8) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Thus, the product of this project will not be a standalone activity tracking parallel indicators, but instead benchmark performance of A4P in the four pillars highlighted.
The project’s M&E team will design an M&E framework for the project once it is approved for funding. The framework will present an approach for tracking activities and monitoring the impact of publications, advocacy, and training. IGR will produce reports on activities and undertake internal and independent end of project evaluation. A before and after scorecard system will be used among targeted institutions as well as users to measure/track changes and advise on areas for improvement. The project will also promote action-oriented monitoring throughout the course of the project which will help IGR and stakeholders measure and reflect on achievements in months or even weeks rather than the more typical annual cycles for programmatic M&E.
The Project aims to achieve the goals of sustainability by working with existing structures and strengthening their capacity rather than building new ones. The impact of the activities of this project on the budget processes and in ensuring the realization of the A4P will play a crucial role in guaranteeing its sustainability. Although the task of delivering inclusive growth is high on the agenda of the A4P, which takes basic services as the fundamental building blocks for achieving economic empowerment, there is no institution responsible for tracking services and ensuring that citizens’ voices are taken into account in planning and resource allocation. The project will raise the profile of this activity through sharing the achievements of the project through joint meetings, and mass media campaigns, especially given the importance of service delivery in the Post-Ebola recovery plan.