Outcomes & Impacts
The emphasis on evidence informed practices and policies have often focused on ‘what works’ agenda; the use of evaluation and research to assess impacts of interventions. SRSP has developed a strong culture of internal/external research and evaluation, which encompasses analytic work designed to produce results with wide applicability across regions and sectors. Given below are examples of evidence generated to inform decision making, improve strategies and refine policies which contributed in enhancing development effectiveness.
Poverty Graduation through participation in Rural Support Programmes
The evaluation covering three major programmes i.e. EU/SRSP-PEACE Programme, DfAT-Australia/SRSP-WEEMD Programme and GoP BISP programme revealed that EU PEACE and DfAT WEEMD facilitated graduation of 45% poor to non-poor (24 & above) category according to the PSC score bands. Incomes of women beneficiaries under these two programmes were increased by 172%/month/beneficiary, while in case of BISP programme, an average increase of only 14% in incomes per beneficiary/month on avg. was recorded.
Sustainable Operation & Maintenance of Community Infrastructure Schemes
An interesting evaluation conducted internally regarding sustainability of randomly selected 461 water supply schemes in 6 districts revealed that 93% projects were still operational and functional. The average age of the scheme was 12 years, while the avg. cost was PKR 665,000.
A multi-Dimensional Outcome Harvest
Taking cognizance of the complexity in which EU/SRSP-PEACE operated, SRSP commissioned Outcome Harvest of the programme led by Dr. Jeph Mathias-an evaluator and project design expert from New Zealand. For purpose of OH, 1,059 outcome stories were collected. Based on analysis of 1,059 outcome stories, 79 themes and sub themes, ranging from democratic governance to environmental benefits emerged. This external evaluation through OH revealed that with an array of activities e.g. social mobilization, infrastructure development, women empowerment or value chain development, EU-PEACE has contributed to economic output, social mobility, changed relationships between genders, people and communities and, in many cases, transformed lives.
Infrastructure Schemes under LG & Community Driven Development
An internal assessment compared infrastructure schemes implemented through LG system and community approaches. The findings were based on discussion & FGDs with 189 members of 24 VCs in 6 districts of KP. Key findings revealed that SRSP process is participatory, cost effective/efficient. SRSP schemes are 40% less in comparison to the ones implemented through local contractors.
Entrepreneurship Development for women empowerment
An independent free-lance evaluator reported that women entrepreneurship development programme has empowered women economically. These women trained by SRSP recorded 150% increase in their incomes/month/beneficiary. She mentioned that 83% of women entrepreneurs were successfully running businesses and a healthy percentage (67%) of women entrepreneurs reported an improved/enhanced food security.
Outcomes of Value Chain Developed in Malakand Division
- Members of Red & Black Persimmon Value Chain have scaled up their annual production and recorded upto 157% increase in income/ member/cropping season.
- 350 rice farmers recorded 81% increase in yield & 154% increase in income.
- 1,200 lemon grass & olive farmers earned PKR 460 million/anum.
- The off-season gladiolus showed an encouraging four-fold increase in comparison to traditional vegetables/crops.
- The Walnut producers and small local traders have increased their income by PKR 17.4 million in 4 years.
- Shoghori Pear & honey producers enjoyed a handsome extra income of PKR. 45 million from sale of their products.
- Onion farmers were able to produce 15,000 kg of onion seed generating PKR 30 million.
Social, Economic & Environmental Impacts of Small Hydro Projects
An independent UK Ashden Judge Mr. Martin Wright mentioned that SRSP has shown wonderful chain reaction that resulted from access to electricity. He further mentioned that for 90% of households, SRSP hydro schemes provided first ever access to electricity, and it had huge impact on lives. An immediate change was electric light, replacing dim and dirty kerosene lamps and pine-torches, which resulted in multiple benefits. Mr. Wright further mentioned that the hydro schemes also cut greenhouse gas emissions, by virtually eliminating the use of kerosene lighting, cutting the use of diesel generators, and reducing the use of unsustainable wood. The estimated 190,000 MWh of electricity generated each year replaces diesel generation producing around 0.8 tonnes CO2 per MWh. This suggests a substantial greenhouse gas saving of around 152,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Semiotics Islamabad in their end of project evaluation reported that SRSP has been effective in meeting its set targets in terms of the devised programme indicators in multiple spheres, including CO/VO setup, loan disbursement, natural resource management (NRM), livelihood trainings, and infrastructure implementation.
Poverty Reduction through organized communities
One of the independent evaluations conducted by AID International reported 40% reduction poverty in only 3 years of interventions. The organized members have gained an access to 58% of the village councils and 75% of Tehsil/district councils in programme areas.
Micro Finance in Improving household income
An independent evaluation conducted by a leading micro finance practitioner (Late Mr. Zahid Elahi) mentioned that a large percentage (over 90%) of micro finance beneficiaries reported financial stability, high self-esteem, economic independence, better opportunities and greater self-confidence.
Impacts of Small-Scale Infrastructure Schemes
An end of project evaluation conducted by AID Pakistan mentioned that beneficiary satisfaction level was 98% in case of drinking water supply schemes. In case of sanitation and drainage schemes, respondents (92%) mentioned that issue of stagnant water in the streets had been eliminated. The new link roads and bridges developed by SRSP have decreased the cost of freight transport by 75%. The evaluation noted 140% increase in quantity of water in irrigation channels esulting in increasing farmers’ incomes by 172% and appreciating land value from PKR 3.2 million to 7.7 million per acre.
Training and Vocational Skills improving household incomes
An independent firm (AiD Pakistan) in one of the evaluation reports confirmed that majority of the trainees trained by SRSP under various programme were either employed or self-employed. Amongst other impacts, over 80% of respondents reported that there has been visible to moderate improvement in their household incomes.
Recognition at National and International Levels
Based on visits and recommendations of various sector specific independent national and international judges, SRSP’s efforts were recognized at international level through various prestigious awards as mentioned below;
SRSP’s Micro Hydro Projects published in World SH Development Report, 2019
SRSP’s case study on micro hydro projects has been selected and published in World Small Hydropower Development Report, 2019. The report is jointly published by International Centre for Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) and UNIDO.
CEO, SRSP; speaker at Asia Pacific Humanitarian Conference, 2019
The CEO SRSP was speaker at Asia Pacific Humanitarian Conference arranged by Deakin University, Melbourne Australia, 2019. He highlighted how local capacities for Humanitarian Action can be built showcasing SRSP’s efforts in undertaking Humanitarian interventions in disaster affected areas.
EU-PEACE Evaluation as winners, IDEAS Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 2019
EU PEACE’s evaluation was declared in amongst winners list (runners up) at 2019 Award Competition; Evaluation for Transformational change sponsored by IDEAS global assembly at Pargue, Czech Republic. The Award Steering Committee commented that "EU PEACE Evaluation was interesting for its innovative use of outcome harvesting on a multidimensional intervention aimed at systemic change, and for the way remote work and local team was handled, bearing in mind the security challenges. It is an eloquent example of the use of adaptive evaluation processes and tools with an inclusive and transformative ethos".
CEO awarded Medal of Excellence by President of Pakistan, 2018
The State of Pakistan awarded Medal of Excellence (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) to Masood ul Mulk, CEO SRSP at the Presidency on 23rd March 2018. The medal has been awarded in recognition of SRSP’s work that reaches every nook and corner of KP and FATA, where it delivers work in the most difficult and challenging environments, and touches lives of the marginalized segments of population.
SRSP; winner of the National Energy Globe Award, Pakistan, 2018
The award under patronage of UNESCO, UNEP & in partnership with Advantage, Austria is the most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. Out of 2,000 submissions from 178 countries, SRSP was chosen as best project in Pakistan.
SRSP; winner of EI, Energy Excellence Award, UK, 2017
Competing against 125 entries from record number of 29 countries including India, USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many European Counties, SRSP was presented with Amey’s sponsored Energy Institute, Energy Excellence Award, UK 2017. SRSP’s micro hydro projects were declared as years’ most impressive endeavor from across other nine categories. The panel of international judges remarked that SRSP’s efforts have shown clear evidence of fresh thinking, strategic and innovative problem solving at the highest level.
SRSP’s M & E system acknowledged internationally, 2016
SRSP’s Monitoring and Evaluation system has been appreciated, acknowledged and incorporated in a new book; Managing for Sustainable Development Impact (M4SDI) – An Integrated Approach to Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. This book is developed and published by leading M & E experts of Centre of Development & Innovation under Wageningen University, Netherlands. The book provides a guideline on how to navigate complexity and manage initiatives successfully towards sustainable development impact. The book has been reviewed by World’s leading M & E experts including Michael Quinn Patton, Zenda Ofir, Patricia Rogers and Oscar A. Garcia. A complete chapter on SRSP’s M & E system is included in the book, which elaborates in detail approaches adopted by SRSP to improve its M & E vis-à-vis its programme quality and service delivery.
SRSP’s interventions in complex and fragile environments, 2017
Lessons from SRSP’s interventions in complex and fragile environments have been incorporated and published in a paper titled ‘Getting Good at Disruption in an Uncertain World’ written by Ms. Lila Buckely and Ms. Helina Ward, International Institute of Environment and Development, UK.
SRSP winner of UK Ashden Award, 2015
SRSP received prestigious Ashden Award, UK in 2015 for enhancing access of poor and vulnerable communities to renewable and sustainable energy in remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Competing against 176 organizations, SRSP micro hydro projects managed and run by local communities were considered to be one of the best and innovative local level initiatives for overcoming power shortage in KP and Pakistan.
SRSP; winner of British Council Awards 2015, 2017 & 2019
SRSP received prestigious British Council Award (in 2015, 2017) for its exemplary performance in developing teachers’ capacity and acknowledging/awarding deserving students through scholarships. In 2019, SRSP has also been presented with 3 more awards inclusive of Mr. Zubair Anwar, Best Focal Person of the TACS across Pakistan, Ms. Shehla Bano, Best Dosti Coordinator and Ms. Anjum,Naheed Most committed Social Organizer of TACS across Pakistan.
SRSP; sharing lessons of A2J at WANA Forum 2015
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan invited SRSP to present its work on legal empowerment for rural communities. SRSP work on the subject matter was appreciated and shared widely with all participants.
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