Evaluation of the impact and lessons learned of Praktisk Solidaritet’s humanitarian intervention in refugee camps in Algeria

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SIPU and SPG was commisoned by Sida to conduct an external project evaluation of Praktisk Solidaritet’s (PS’s) project "Mat och kläder till västsahariska flyktingar, 2011–2015" .The main focus of the evaluation was to provide independent assessment of the effectiveness, achieved results of the Sida-funded contribution to PS and to highlight lessons learnt of the intervention.The scope of timeframe of which the intervention should be assessed is from 2011 - 2015.

The central conclusion of the evaluation was that PS’s project was relevant for Western Saharan refugees, that it was not able to fulfil the goals and project objectives set at the outset of the intervention and that PS had limited capacity to manage the design, monitoring and evaluation of the project. There is also a need for caution and careful reflective discussion among donors, UN agencies, and key NGOs about introducing the concept of the ‘most vulnerable’ and introducing a cash-/voucher-based distribution system.

Some of the of recommendations:  Sida should seriously consider an alternative to PS and new partners would need to have sufficient and qualified personnel with regular presence and better supervision of the intervention; Resume the distribution of tinned fatty fish support; Sufficiently frequent supply of second-hand clothes needs to be re-established as soon as possible; Support should be planned medium to long term; Beneficiary communication must be improved; and The concept of the ‘most vulnerable’ should be adapted to the cultural realities of the Sahrawi refugees i.e to the needs of the beneficiaries and not the convenience of the donors.

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