ToR for Mid Term Programme Review

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Terms of Reference (ToR) for Mid Term Programme Review (MTR) of LRP 39, LRP 42 and LRP 43

ActionAid Bangladesh and Its Working Approach

ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB), an affiliate member of ActionAid Federation, has been working in Bangladesh for three decades in solidarity with the poor and excluded people to end poverty and injustice. AAB’s aims at facilitating people challenging poverty and exclusion through human, practical, politically intelligent and open strategy underpinned by its human rights based approach (HRBA). AAB believes in a theory of change that requires purposeful individual and collective action, led by the people living in poverty and supported by solidarity, credible rights based alternatives and campaigns that address the structural causes and consequences of poverty. AAB mobilizes and empowers the poor and excluded to enable their collective analysis, identity, movements and actions. In solidarity with citizens, partners and supporters, AAB fosters partnerships and networks for strengthening support, voice and actions to campaign and advocate with the state and non-state actors and institutions for influencing their policies and practices that safeguard the rights of the poor and excluded people.

Briefly about Local Rights Programme (LRP)

AAB implements Local Rights Programme (LRPs), under a long term partnership with local NGOs. The LRPs usually span for about 8-10 years or more. Every LRP is linked with the strategic objectives of AAB. However, this is not necessary that the LRPs cover all the issues and themes stated in the strategic objectives. Rather, the issues and themes come through different processes including appraisal, strategy development and annual participatory plans and budget which take into account the context and needs of the areas and people living in poverty. AAB is currently working with 19 partners through 17 LRPs in 14 districts. This year three LRPs (LRP-39 Shushilan, LRP42 Dalit & LRP43 VERD) have completed the first half after 5-6 years of programme interventions. As per ActionAid’s ALPS  guideline this is now time to conduct mid-term review (MTR) of these LRPs to critically consider the strategies and actions followed in the programmatic interventions.

Purpose of the Review

The main purpose of the MTR of the LRP is to assess programme performance and progress against strategic plans (impact, short & long-term outcomes, and strategies) which would improve programme quality and inform future strategic direction and phase out strategy for exit plan as well for the remainder of the programme period and beyond.

Use and User of Evaluation Study

The MTR primarily targets to benefit both partner and AAB staff, i.e. all partner staff working in the LRPs and AAB’s LRPO focal as well as programme team including Director, so that they can use the review findings, learning and recommendations for improving future work and setting future strategic direction at the LRPs. MEA team of AAB will also use the review results in assessing whether the cumulative changes align with local, national and international strategies as per HRBA standards, revisiting the strategies and both result and performance level changes, indicators and benchmarks accordingly and replicating the learning into other strategic interventions.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of the MTR are as follows:

  • To examine effectiveness and efficiency of the programme design and implementation process of LRP;
  • To assess the changes in the lives of women, girls and children in LRP areas in line with LRP Critical pathway and ToC;
  • To capture the learning and provide recommendation to improve programme quality along with phase out strategy direction for exist plan.

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