Evaluation shows the importance of participation in development

Experts presenting evaluation results of Amity's community development projects during a management workshop

On December 7, 2016, Dr. Yang Ruiling and Dr. Li Chanjuan, two rural development and management experts, presented evaluation results of Amity's Water Resource and Community Development Projects in Hunan during a workshop for project partners and community representatives. About 70 people attended the meeting and discussed the evaluation results, shortcomings and ways for improvement. Through sharing experiences, participants will function as multiplier in the future and adopt best practices for other projects and areas.

Project participants and community leaders are discussing the evaluation results

From October 21 to 41, the project evaluation team assessed Amity's projects in Hunan using the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) method. The method aims to involve the communities and beneficiaries. Furthermore, the method follows OECD / DAC standard and evaluates the project in five aspects: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability. The systematic assessment was carried out in Yongshun county.

As one key result the evaluation team suggests that community development projects should adhere to the principle of participation. Projects should emphasize on capacity-building and the development of associations. This includes the exchange of experience, enhance specialization, increase awareness of technology and market risks and explore a mechanism of sustainable distribution of benefits. A detailed evaluation report is expected to be published in the future.

Source: Amity Website