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Evaluating three country level civil society budget advocacy projects

Region: Africa and Asia
Country: Bangladesh, Philippines and Uganda
Client: WHO
Date: 2011

At the request of WHO, HLSP designed and carried out an evaluation of support to civil society organisations (CSOs) to advocate for increased national budgetary allocations for sexual and reproductive health. The CSOs were supported under the Advancing Healthy Advocacy for Reproductive Health (AHEAD) project, implemented by the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and its partners. The AHEAD project provided training to CSOs with the aim of improving their capacity to advocate, influence and participate in government budget allocation processes.

The HLSP evaluation reviewed progress and achievements made by the CSOs against their country action plans in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Uganda. The evaluation sought to explain project outcomes in order to generate broader lessons concerning civil society’s involvement in budgetary processes. It also considered to what extent the project promoted some of the principles of aid effectiveness including ownership and participation and transparency and accountability.

The evaluation identifies factors affecting the impact of the project, describes how the three countries have worked to address constraints and outlines critical success factors, key challenges and lessons learned. 

Read the final synthesis report and the country case study reports on Bangladesh, the Philippines and Uganda

Technical areas:

• Sexual and reproductive health
• Civil society
• Aid effectiveness
• Governance and organisational development  

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