Final Evaluation of 2gether 4 SRHR
The 2gether 4 SRHR is a regional joint United Nations programme that combines the strengths and contributions of four United Nations agencies, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and World Health Organization (WHO) to support countries in the ESA region to scale up the provision of quality integrated SRHR/HIV and SGBV services. The programme had an original activity period from 1 October 2017 to 31 December 2021. It is funded under the strategy for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Sub-Saharan Africa.The programme is regional in scope with applied learning in ten countries. Originally, five of these countries were focus countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with direct funding through the four participating agencies. The rest were transitional countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. The programme aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of all people in East and Southern Africa (ESA) through supporting the efforts of regional economic communities (RECs), governments, and working in partnership with civil society organizations (CSOs), networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV), adolescents and young people, men who have sex with men (MSM) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons (LGBTQI) and people who transact in sex.
The purpose or intended use of the evaluation was to help Sida and its partners to assess progress of the programme, which will provide input to upcoming discussions concerning the potential preparation of a new phase. It also documents lessons learnt and informs how implementation may be adjusted or improved in a potential new phase of the programme. The conclusions and learnings from the evaluation will furthermore be of use for other organisations working towards an integrated, regional approach to SRHR.
In addition to assessing the extent to which the originally intended results have been achieved, the evaluation also assessed how the programme design and focus have evolved over time and how these changes have affected programme results. This includes changes in governance structure, focus countries, the introduction of the COVID-19 component and engagement with the RECs and the AU.
The primary intended users of the evaluation were the regional SRHR team at the Swedish Embassy in Zambia.
Among others, the conclusions of the evaluation were:
· The programme was well aligned to strategic plans and priorities of RECs, countries and participating UN agencies;
· The programme has significantly contributed to the Delivering as One (DaO) principle through joint planning, collaboration and coordination with UN and non-UN stakeholders; there are, however, structural barriers that prevent UN agencies from further DaO contribution;
· The programme significantly contributed to advancing integration of SRHR/HIV and SGBV across the East and South African (ESA) countries.