Expanding young people’s life opportunities from an intercultural perspective An evaluation of SAIH’s long-term commitment to education in Nicaragua’s autonomous Atlantic region
SAIH, The Students, and Academics International Assistance Fund started its engagement in the Atlantic Region of Nicaragua in 1980 by sending health personnel to the region, and by supporting health institutions. In the early 1990s, SAIH started a collaboration with FADCANIC, and was among the first supporters in building up an autonomous university at the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense - URACCAN. In 2009, SAIH left the health sector and concentrated its work in Nicaragua on education. Former evaluations have been carried out on a partner and project level. However, in this evaluation, we wanted to look at SAIH’s long-term engagement in the region on a program level, primarily within the area of education. Purpose/objective The evaluation had four objectives: (1) identify and analyse results in terms of impact, specifically at program level; (2) give advice on future programming for development cooperation, both related to SAIH and partners; (3) analyse the quality of the partnership; (4) analyse project and partner sustainability with focus on Nicaraguan responsibility to ensure citizens’ enjoyment of the right to education.