Manica District Development Project in Mozambique 2006-2011: Final Evaluation

15 April 2014

This is the final evaluation report of the Manica District Development Project (MDDP) in Mozambique.

Members of the School Governing Council demonstrating clean water access at Chimbadzuo Primary School, Manica District, Mozambique. Photo: Kieron Crawley / Concern Worldwide.
Members of the School Governing Council demonstrating clean water access at Chimbadzuo Primary School, Manica District, Mozambique. Photo: Kieron Crawley / Concern Worldwide.

From 2006–2011, Concern Worldwide with its partners Magariro and Associação Kwaedza Simukai Manica implemented the Manica District Development Project (MDDP) in Mozambique. The main objective of the MDDP was to improve the livelihood options for the poor families in Manica province, specifically in Tambara and Machaze district, the most remote districts and with serious disaster and food security problems in Manica province.

The evaluation found that the relevance of the project was reasonably good. The impact of the project was mainly seen at an individual household level, with groups at the time of evaluation still being too weak to have impact at the community level. With regard to the efficiency and effectiveness, the project had mixed results. Dependency of beneficiaries on the project led to questions over the sustainability of the project, however the evaluation noted that the "savings and credit groups might prove to be the most sustainable groups of all".

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