Update to the Global Board
In August of 2012, in coordination with THP-Ghana and the Global Office, THP-Malawi conducted an Outcome Evaluation Pilot Project (OEPP) in five of its current eight epicenters. This project introduced both new outcome indicators and a new method of data collection: iForm builder software on iPod Touch devices. This pilot project represents a milestone in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for all of THP-Africa, as its lessons learned will be integrated into epicenter-level outcome evaluations in 2013. THP-Malawi has been heavily invested in completing the report for this project so that it can be used as a foundation for all other projects of its kind.
Additionally, THP-Malawi hosted a national launch of the “16 Days of Activism” campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence. This event brought different institutions and people together to accomplish a shared goal.
- Monitoring & Evaluation. The primary goal of the Outcome Evaluation Pilot Project (OEPP) was to further develop the tools needed to accurately and systematically measure direct and/or indirect outcomes of the Epicenter Strategy at the household and community levels. During Q3 2012, THP-Malawi staff field-tested the outcome indicators as well as a newly developed and standardized set of data collection tools (Household Survey, Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions). In total, 1,000 households were surveyed across 10 epicenters (five in Malawi and five in Ghana), 20 focus group discussions and 50 in-depth interviews were conducted to help THP measure the change our programs have had on partner communities.
- Microfinance. Champiti and Ligowe Epicenters had their rural banks recognized and certified by the Malawian government. The institutional structure is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the rural bank. It provides a legal framework and often allows the rural bank to access additional funds and technical support.
- Health & Nutrition. An MoU was signed between the government of Malawi and THP-Malawi that set a mutual agreement to make Majete 1’s Health Center operational once its construction is finalized. This agreement was conducted during a public function, which was attended by more than 1,000 community members.
May 12, 2013