Final Evaluation “El Alto Norte Agreement”
Background The purpose of Norwegian Mission Alliance in Bolivia (MAN-B) is to promote the integrated development of excluded and marginal social groups from the perspective of diaconal work. The intervention strategy is based on activities with the community, fomenting the protagonist role and empowerment of the community and its inhabitants. In line with its mission, purposes and strategies, the institution and involved communities implemented the "El Alto Norte Agreement" in four districts in the city of El Alto. The mentioned Agreement was developed in three phases: the Pilot Project (1991-1993); the Plan Alto Norte that covered two phases (1994-1996 and 1997-2001) and the Local Development Plan Alto Norte (2002-2007). This last phase is the closing phase of a cycle started sixteen years ago when the moment has come to stop along the way and assess the results of the experience. With this purpose in mind, the institution decided to carry out this External Evaluation to analyze performance of the Agreement, its programs and projects from different angles. The lessons learned from the experience will be basic input for preparing the next interventions of the institution. Purpose/objective The objective of the evaluation is to make an analysis of the conception and pertinence of the El Alto Norte Agreement during execution of the phase Local Development Plan Alto Norte, compliance of the objectives, efficiency in execution of the plan, the achieved results; with an emphasis on the impact and viability, as well as on sustainability considering also the Pilot Project and the two phases of the Plan Alto Norte. Methodology Primary information was collected by Local Development Plan EL Alto Norte (PDLAN) and the evaluation team. Methods used were focus groups, surveys, group and private interviews and visits to EUs and healthcare centers. This was complemented with three case studies performed by individual consultants of the Bolivian company Diagnosis, which was thereto hired by MAN-B. Those three studies were: an Evaluation of the Administrative Management of the PDLAN; a Case Study on the Intervention of MAN-B in three EUs in different phases of the Agreement, so as to make a more in-depth analysis of the impact and sustainability; and a Technical Evaluation of the Educational Infrastructure in six EUs in El Alto Norte. The evaluation team reviewed organisational documents and some national documents. Key findings contribution of MAN-B for the design of own development models. It is important to systematise the intervention model including citizen participation mechanisms and strategies in fund management and the three-party funding experience. The agreement has displayed an excellent degree of pertinence and relevance in accordance with the population's priorities and has contributed to effective implementation of some national policies with a local impact, e.g. in education, health and citizen participation. On the other hand, the economic and environmental components contributed only modestly. There have been achievements in the gender approach, especially if we consider cultural patterns. There have been good levels of transparency and effectiveness. Recommendations Draft a new plan in conjunction with consultants specialised in participatory planning, involving local leaders aimed at capacity-building in planning and focusing on components and territories according to the technical and human capacity of MAN-B, taking into account the priorities and demand of the communities and government, the technical specialisation, resources and articulations required in the entrepreneurial and environmental field and the need for strengthening the follow-up phase. Crosscutting incorporation of the gender approach, environment and the transmission of values in an operational manner in all programmes, projects and activities of the future plan and include baselines in the projects to precisely determine the achievements and contributions of the Plan to sectoral or regional statistics. Two elements to be optimised in the next phase area) performance of the Assistant Accountants in the community, andb) the co-financing mechanism, the development strategies that should be documented and disseminated. Strengthen links of the School Council and Direction of the Educational Units with the Neighbourhood Councils and state and non-state entities. Structure an organisational system to ensure maintenance processes.