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Independent Review of the Value Added of the CERF in the Sahel, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and Yement 2013

In 2013, the CERF secretariat commissioned Marie Spaak, Silvia Hidalgo, Andy Featherstone and Tasneem Mowjee, independent humanitarian consultants, to review the value added of the CERF to the humanitarian response in the Sahel, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Paksitan and Yemen.

 

The Sahel

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Pakistan Yemen

Marie Spaak
Final Report
 31 August 2013

Silvia Hidalgo
Final Report
18 October 2013

Andy Featherstone
Final Report
 May 201
3

Tasneem Mowjee
Final Report
  July 201
3

 

Independent Review of the Value Added of the CERF in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire and and Philippines 2012 

In 2012, the CERF secretariat commissioned Tasneem Mowjee, Glyn Taylor, Barnaby Willitts-King and Marie Spaak, independent humanitarian consultants, to review the value added of the CERF to the humanitarian response to the Horn of Africa drought, the Ivoirian refugee crisis and the complex needs in the Philippines. Field visits were undertaken to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana Liberia and the Philippines.  Additional desk research and telephone interviews were undertaken to review a regional grant to UNHCR covering Benin, Guinea and Togo.

The reviews employed the methodology tested in the pilot study of the value added of the CERF in Kenya in early 2010. The reviews largely focussed on activities in 2011 based on the 2011 annual report of the RC/HCs submitted in March 2012. Countries were chosen so as to reflect recipients of both large and small amounts of CERF funding and natural as well as man-made disasters. In a departure from previous years, the CERF secretariat included two regional reviews.
 

Horn of Africa Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia

Glyn Taylor and Barnaby Willitts-King
Final Report
23 October 2012

Barnaby Willitts-King
Final Report
1 October 2012

Barnaby Willitts-King
Final Report
17 September 2012

Glyn Taylor – Humanitarian Outcomes
Final Report
18 October
2012

Glyn Taylor – Humanitarian Outcomes
Final Report
18 October
2012

 

Cote d'Ivoire Philippines
Marie Spaak –
Independent Humanitarian Consultant
14 September 2012
Policy 2 Practice Team
Final Report
September 2012


Independent Review of the Value Added of the CERF in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe 2011

Following endorsement by the CERF Advisory Group of the draft Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) at its July 2010 meeting, the CERF Secretariat finalized the PAF in August 2010. Amongst other things, the PAF foresees three to five country-level reviews of the value added of the CERF per year to be conducted by independent evaluation experts.

In April 2011, the CERF Secretariat commissioned Tasneem Mowjee and Glyn Taylor, independent humanitarian consultants, to conduct country-level reviews of the CERF in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia and Myanmar.

Field visits for the review in Bolivia, Colombia and Ethiopia took place in April and May. Due to the inability to obtain a visa, the fourth country was changed from Myanmar to Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe review took place in August.

Bolivia

Colombia

Ethiopia

Zimbabwe

Glyn Taylor of Humanitarian Outcomes
15 July 2011

Glyn Taylor of Humanitarian Outcomes
18 July 2011

Policy 2 Practice Team
July 2011

Policy 2 Practice Team
October 2011

 

Independent Review of the Value Added of the CERF in Chad, Mauritania and Sri Lanka

Following endorsement by the CERF Advisory Group of the draft Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) at its July 2010 meeting, the CERF Secretariat finalized the PAF in August 2010. Amongst other things, the PAF foresees three to five country-level reviews of the value added of the CERF per year to be conducted by independent evaluation experts.

The CERF Secretariat commissioned John Watts, an independent consultant from the United Kingdom, to conduct country-level reviews of the CERF in Chad, Mauritania and Sri Lanka in October 2010. Reviews were to employ the methodology tested in the pilot study of the value added of the CERF in Kenya in early 2010.

Countries were chosen so as to reflect recipients of both large and small amounts of CERF funding, natural as well as man-made disaster and to avoid duplication with countries selected for the CERF five-year evaluation. The reviews largely focussed on activities in 2009 based on the 2009 annual report of the RC/HCs due in March 2010.

Chad Mauritania

Sri Lanka

John Watt - Independent Humanitarian Consultant
December 2010

PJohn Watt - Independent Humanitarian Consultant
December 2010

PJohn Watt - Independent Humanitarian Consultant
November 2010

 

 

 

Independent Review of the Value Added of the CERF in Kenya 2010

At the request of the CERF Advisory Group, the CERF Secretariat developed a draft Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) and commissioned an independent reviewer to evaluate the effectiveness of PAF in one country. After analysing CERF funding, the CERF Secretariat selected Kenya for this review as humanitarian agencies in Kenya have been consistently one of the highest recipients of CERF funding.

This review aimed to assess individual indicators in the PAF and to test the PAF’s overall feasibility. The review demonstrated that it is perfectly feasible to use the draft PAF for country reviews and found that the indicators are a helpful way to structure the review. The review found that the CERF has added value for UN agencies by providing funding early on in the year; filling funding gaps; enabling agencies to leverage funding from other donors; complementing other donor funds; and being flexible.

Additionally, the evaluation showed that the CERF Secretariat has simplified both narrative and financial reporting formats. Lastly, it was indicated that while the CERF has supported coordination among sector groups, it appears to be unrealistic to expect it to strengthen humanitarian response capacity due to the short-term nature of CERF funding.