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The ability of governments to achieve their social and economic goals with limited resources is dependent upon the efficiency, transparency and flexibility of public administration institutions. Even though economic advancement is witnessed worldwide, certain economies are marked with a very interesting paradox - accelerated economic progress on the one hand, and extreme social and economic inequality, particularly for women, girls, and marginalised and vulnerable groups on the other, including those who are living with disability. Gender equality and social inclusion objectives and approaches are therefore critical to achieving long-term development goals that significantly improves the lives of the world’s poorest people.
IPE Global works in partnership with development agencies, governments and NGOs to create solutions for achieving inclusive, sustainable social and economic development. We have successfully designed and implemented multi-faceted development interventions that have integrated gender equality and social inclusion as cross cutting issues in all aspects of social and economic programming including private sector development, urban planning and development, including slum development, electrification, and community empowerment. We are skilled in policy development, capacity building, participatory approaches, adaptive management, community mobilisation, voice and accountability, behaviour change communication, design of social safety nets, beneficiary feedback analysis, satisfaction surveys, poverty assessments and monitoring approaches and results frameworks.
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RajPusht is a highly ambitious programme in Rajasthan to reform the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to make it functional and effective in addressing maternal and child malnutrition. It aims to reduce the prevalence of low birthweight and wasting in children under 3 years by combining behaviour change messaging with the replacement of the Integrated Childhood Development Services (ICDS), Take Home Rations with cash transfers to pregnant women, as well as to mothers of children under 3 years.
Contracted by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), IPE Global is working with the Government of Rajasthan to effectively deliver cash to Pregnant and Lactating Women with focus on two districts - Udaipur and Baran. This will be complemented with a large scale behaviour change strategy on maternal and infant nutrition to improve mothers’ and family practices around nutritious food. IPE Global will evaluate the programme’s results and create a multi-stakeholder consensus at the national level to demonstrate effective approaches for improving child nutrition. The programme will also capture lessons to enrich global knowledge on cash transfers.
Project Udaan seeks to prevent adolescent pregnancies in Rajasthan. It adopts a multi-sectoral approach, layering interventions that go beyond sexual reproductive health education to fundamentally change the way adolescent programming is delivered. The key strategies are: keeping girls in secondary school; strengthening adolescent and health worker knowledge and decision-making around sexual and reproductive health (SRH); expanding the contraception method mix and choices of young women; and involving men and boys. Approaches include human centred design and local context specific customised behaviour change communications. Project Udaan is being implemented with Departments of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, and Education, Government of Rajasthan. The programme is aiming for a wider pan-state reform that sees scale up from the rigorous evaluation of results in Udaipur and Dholpur to other relevant districts.
IPE Global is providing technical assistance to the Government of Rajasthan for preventing adolescent pregnancy in Rajasthan by combining system level interventions with on-ground actions to change social practices around early marriage and pregnancy. With this endeavour, UDAAN reaches out to the adolescent girls directly and indirectly across Rajasthan with information and services on pre-matric scholarships. It is expected to reach over 3 million married women of reproductive age with information on various methods of contraception and family planning services.
Manzil aims to ensure effective transition of adolescent girls, who are in school or out of school, into the workforce. By ensuring improvement in quality and provision of vocational skills, the project aims to empower girls with the right skills. The project expects that economic empowerment, greater voice, and agency of girls, will lead to a delay in the age of marriage and first pregnancy.
IPE Global is working with Manzil in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan, will focus on mapping aspirations of girls and linking them with the training opportunities and will improve quality of skill based trainings. It will provide right information to girls and help them access decent work opportunities. The project will also work to address regressive social norms at community level that hinder women’s participation in the workforce.
The project addresses the issue of poor utilisation of resources allocated for women and children, especially from vulnerable communities. This project drives up quality and quantity of public spending of two flagship Government programmes: the Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP) and the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) addressing maternal and child nutrition. IPE Global is working with the district administration, community and other stakeholders in Angul district of Odisha, and demonstrating how a social accountability approach helps improve spending patterns under the two schemes and, improves access to services for both mother and child.
The Government of India is planning to introduce Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) to address operational leakages, poor quality of food materials and high transaction costs to deliver Supplementary Nutrition Programme under the Integrated Child Development Services programme. The CCTs will be piloted in 100 districts across the country. While Government of India’s (GoI’s) premier policy ‘think tank’, NITI Aayogis steering this ambitious reform agenda, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India will be the anchor ministry. IPE Global worked with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the Government of India through the NITI Aayog and the MWCD to structure conditional cash transfers (CCTs) and the incentive mechanisms to improve maternal and child nutrition. We designed the operational and logistical model of the CCTs, and the cash flow architecture for CCT with systemic intelligence to capture the central and the state share along with other nutritional parameters to report progress.
DFID’s Programme to address Gender Based Violence in Afghanistan focuses on the provision of response services to survivors in twelve provinces. It includes a mid-term review with a final performance evaluation; cost effectiveness and value for money assessment of different models of implementation with a comparative analysis; dissemination of learning briefs and learning events with stakeholders from Afghanistan and the international development community. IPE Global is working closely with the Ministry of Public Health and UNFPA who are strengthening services to help health workers respond to gender-based violence and facilitate survivors’ access to immediate physical, psychosocial and legal support services or referrals to these. The programme also works with communities and religious leaders to enhance the acceptability of the services and shift social norms to decrease the acceptability of violence. As the independent evaluation and learning partner, IPE Global will assess the cost and effectiveness of two different models of integration to provide government decision-makers with the evidence they require to integrate a response to gender based violence in Afghanistan’s Basic and Essential Health Package of Services for long-term sustainability.
Supported by Government of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), ICRG seeks to facilitate more effective investment in rural infrastructure under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to support rural economic growth and improve the climate resilience of vulnerable people in India, especially women and girls. The intended outcome of the programme is improved quality of the physical assets under MGNREGS demonstrated in 103 blocks of three states (Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha) in India.
IPE Global is providing specialist technical support to the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and State level departments implementing MGNREGS in Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The support will build the capacities of the administrative and technical staff at national and state levels, so they are better equipped to both reduce the vulnerabilities of rural communities and generate the evidence for expanding this approach for greater impact nationally and internationally.
Ethiopia Safe Space Programme (ESSP) contributed to improved personal, social, health, safety, education and financial outcomes for 2,000 adolescent girls in Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia – building girls’ confidence, skills and knowledge as they progress through adolescence. ESSP was a pilot programme designed to test an approach for national scale-up. ESSP contributes to achievement of SDG-5 ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’. IPE Global completed coâ?design of the programme, with Federal Government of Ethiopia (GoE), (MoH, MoE, MoWCA) and other stakeholders, and developed an implementation plan for a nationwide Safe Spaces programme. In addition, we implemented Phase 1 of the programme in Amhara and Oromia regions. In addition, developed a sustainable scaleâ?up plan, including building the capacity of GoE, (MoH, MoE, MoWCA) to implement and manage Phase 2 of the programme.
OMEGA intends to improve the performance of the Government of Odisha's (GoO's) socio-economic and governance schemes and programmes; to help in the promotion and facilitation of investments in the state; and to build capacity for revenue mobilisation and expenditure management. IPE Global is providing design, implementation and programme management support to ensure that specific government departments are equipped to take forward reforms in their respective areas. In addition, we are supporting Go0 to increase access to the poverty alleviation and food security programmes of the Government of India namely, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) and Public Distribution System (PDS). To do this we provide high impact solutions, including, facilitating e-governance for procurement processes, digitisation of the beneficiary database, Grievance Redressal Management System, implementation and enhancement of Supply Chain Management System, design and development of Dashboard Monitoring System, and by conducting social audits.
Aimed at social inclusion and gender equality, OGIP focussed on improving secondary school enrolment, attendance and completion rates of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in Odisha through a system of direct transfer of scholarships; organising learning hubs, knowledge uptake and safe transport. To enhance the transition and attendance rates of girls & boys in grade 8, 9 and 10, and increase the graduation rates to higher secondary education, IPE Global designed and managed a secure and sustainable cash transfer system for scholarships to disadvantaged boys and girls, across 30 districts in Odisha with funds paid directly into their bank accounts. IPE Global piloted the learning hubs for remedial education and safe transport for improving attendance of disadvantaged students. We also provided three years of strategic advice to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) to help set up and monitor its national scholarship funds and other education schemes for disadvantaged students thereby replicating successful aspects of the Odisha model across other states.
AREAP aimed to improve access to high quality relevant data, evidence and analysis for African citizens, non-state actors and policy makers to advocate for pro-poor socio and economic policies and practices across all African countries in the African Union. We managed the Learning Hub and supported three major non-government agencies working at national, regional and continental levels in Africa through civil society coalitions to assess the evidence for holding decision-makers to account for treaties, protocols and policies that protect human rights and promote a poverty reduction and gender equality agenda. We produced a series of case studies for audiences that include DFID, The World Bank, UN, governments and civil society and also developed an approach for evaluating value for money in complex empowerment and accountability work.
IPAP supported seven UK based International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) namely, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Oxfam India, Save the Children, Skillshare International, Voluntary Services Overseas and WaterAid, to work together to combat social exclusion and discrimination faced by socially excluded and marginalised groups and communities (Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, Urban poor and Persons with Disabilities) in 191 districts across 23 states in India. IPE Global provided technical and management support both to DFID and the seven partner INGOs to facilitate implementation and results by providing efficient and accurate finance and audit management, capacity building of the partner INGOs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), support in programme monitoring and the management and administration of knowledge funds.
Learning Exchanges for School Meal Programme, India (LESMPI) is based on the belief that the best way to build nutritious school meals programmes is for programme policy makers and implementers to directly learn from- and with- their peers. IPE Global, as the India Implementation Partner, is working in collaboration with GCNF (Global Partner), UN World Food Programme- India (UN Technical Partner), Akshaya Patra (NGO Partner) and Manna Trust (NGO Partner) as part of an evolving network for LESMPI. LESMPI seeks to facilitate time to reflect, learn and expand state-to-state, central-to-state, and state-to-central information sharing and problem solving, among practitioners, policy makers and school feeding proponents. It offers a structured set of workshops and field visits for regional cohorts of State Governments to promote sharing of lessons from the Midday Meal Scheme implementation. This is accompanied by a country wide survey on scheme modalities to discern varying state practices.
With an aim to achieve more in the thematic areas of gender equality, democracy and human rights, than envisaged for global attainment in the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the Government of Sweden adopted a new policy framework in December 2016, outlining the direction of Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. In addition to the other perspectives, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is integrating a gender equality perspective throughout all of Sweden’s development cooperation to achieve equitable and sustainable global development.
IPE Global is providing call down services to Sida across a wide spectrum of programmatic areas, including gender mainstreaming, gender responsive planning & gender budgeting etc. It is conducting a meta-evaluation of 10 Sida challenge funds worth US $112 million, supporting more than 1,200 projects to learn lessons about what works for whom, under what circumstances and how. The evaluation will contribute to well-informed decision making in projects, programmes and cooperation strategies so as to improve the design and management of future funds. This will help Sida, other donors and investors to maximise the economic, environmental and social impact of challenge funds in the developing world.
We Collaborate for Nutrition (WeCan) is a national level platform that documents and shares high impact nutrition interventions to enable cross-learning for increasing efficiencies among different stakeholders and development partners working to reduce malnutrition and improve the nutrition indicators across India. This platform is led and managed by IPE Global and funded and supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goals of WeCan are aligned with the overarching mandate of POSHAN Abhiyaan, a flagship program of the Government of India to improve nutritional outcome.
WeCan was born out of the need for a common forum to facilitate cross-pollination of experiences and sharing of learnings amongst development partners. WeCan aggregates, collates and disseminates knowledge of replicable and proven interventions, implemented by partner organisations. Under IPE Global’s leadership and management, WeCan project has been instrumental in fostering partner collaborations and leveraging the existing resources to achieve the targets of POSHAN Abhiyaan through a range of national and international partners working in the nutrition space across the country.
IPE Global in consultation with NABARD will develop Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) in Jhansi and Sonebhadra Districts covering two blocks each of Uttar Pradesh. The primary objective of this project is to mobilize farmers into member-owned producer organisations (FPOs) in cluster mode to enhance production, productivity and profitability through finance, market, innovative technology adoption, and value addition. The participant farmers will be given the necessary support to identify appropriate production practices, business planning, crops relevant to their context, provided access to modern technology through community-based processes, and they will be facilitated to access forward linkages with regard to technology for enhanced productivity, value addition of feasible products and market tie-ups.
The Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) Programme is a major programme in the Government of Myanmar’s National Social Protection Strategy. It aims to empower pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of two with additional purchasing power and improve nutrition and health practices through social and behavioural change communication interventions. IPE Global designed and conducted a formative evaluation which produced reliable, credible and useful evidence concerning the systems and processes supporting the programme. The evaluation was used to inform the scale-up of the MCCT Programme.
The Council for Agriculture and Development (CARD), Cambodia supported by UNICEF, designed a pilot cash transfer project in 2013 targeting pregnant women and children under-five living in poverty to improve maternal health, nutrition and increase human capital development. IPE Global undertook a formative evaluation to assess results and foster learning to improve the cash transfer mechanism. The evaluation assessed both the programme design and effectiveness, and the quality of implementation. The evaluation also examined women’s preferences and levels of satisfaction. IPE Global’s approach was aimed at promoting adaptive programming and at fostering understanding of adjustments required to achieve results. A cost effective analysis was also undertaken along with assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the CARD UNICEF Cash transfer pilot project versus other cash transfer interventions in Cambodia, such as those implemented by the World Bank and Save the Children.
In Malawi, UNICEF is striving to promote positive care practices, create demand for services and change social attitudes through planning and implementation of effective community led social change programmes at individual, community, organizational and institutional levels. To proceed further on this, there is a need to understand gaps in capacity of UNICEF partners to deliver the social and behaviour change results. This assignment therefore, pertains to carrying out a national study on behaviour and social change communication capacity assessment in Malawi. IPE Global would undertake a comprehensive stakeholders’ analysis of behaviour and social change communication capacity in child survival, protection, development and participation in Malawi.
The Indo-German Energy Programme – Access to Energy in Rural Areas (IGEN-Access) is a bilateral cooperation project carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The objective of IGEN-Access is to improve the sector environment for rural energy enterprises and strengthen the ability of enterprises to deliver renewable energy solutions to rural communities.
The current project aims to scope out opportunities for agriculture and energy nexus, which will help in increasing income and savings from agriculture and allied activities. The study aims to explore opportunities to integrate renewable energy sources in the existing energy mix (both grid-connected and off-grid), which can help in enhancing livelihood opportunities. The renewable energy sources to be studied will cater to both thermal and electrical applications for direct and indirect use for agricultural purposes.
The project was initiated in response to the identification of key areas of improvement from the perspective of the staff to offer a wider review of learning process of the organisation. It aimed at nurturing an inclusive learning culture to improve and uplift Save the Children’s learning agenda. This was a participatory study where IPE Triple Line worked with key decision-makers in SAVE to understand how the organisation learns, what drives successful learning and where there may be gaps – as the basis for a new learning roadmap for the organisation. We worked with the staff to understand how they understand learning and its rationale. We mapped the processes through which learning currently takes place, across different programme and geographic contexts, and identified internal learning processes and policies and assessed their efficacy. The study also surveyed the staff to understand their perceptions of the organization’s learning culture, the incentives and disincentives for learning and what their learning priorities are.
UN Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG) aims to promote improvements in local governance quality that can contribute to peace consolidation, development and equitable service delivery in Somalia. Phase– I (2008-2012) and II (2013-2017) of JPLG was implemented by five UN agencies with focus on strengthening local government in Somalia.
IPE Global conducted a gender programmatic review of the second phase of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG II). This involved an extensive review of programme literature and results framework as well as field research in Somaliland, Puntland, and Mogadishu including primary research with youth (girls and boys). We produced a report of findings highlighting how to mainstream gender and social inclusion more effectively into all aspects of the governance programme. The review process was participatory and included reports, presentations and recommendations as well as discussion, debate and staff training on gender mainstreaming for government and UN partners.
The CT-OVC programme was implemented by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection (MEACLSP) and was funded by the Government of Kenya (GoK), UNICEF, World Bank, DFID and Sida. The programme aimed to provide a social protection system through regular cash transfers to families living with orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in order to encourage fostering and retention of such children within their families and communities to promote their human capital development.
IPE Global contributed to the monitoring and evaluation framework including an end-line survey for an impact evaluation on the Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) programme in Kenya. A baseline survey was conducted in 2012 and this end-line survey, conducted by IPE was the final round of survey data collection expected as part of this impact evaluation.
As part of its role as Monitoring and Results measurement partner for the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), IPE Triple Line IPE Triple Line conducted an indepth gender review of the AECF focusing on the Africa Agribusiness portfolio which represents 60% of the $247m fund. The gender review of AECF assessed the extent to which the fund understood gender inequality and social exclusion as a factor in poverty alleviation and to what extent its implementation and monitoring processes took these aspects into account.
IPE assess the visibility of gender and social inclusion:
• Within the AECF’s design and implementation processes and systems
• How AECF staff perceive the importance of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and whether they feel they have sufficient capacity to work on these issues.
• How business owners and managers supported by the AECF through the agribusiness window in particular perceive these issues; and
• Within the fund’s monitoring and evaluation frameworks and results measurement.
IPE produced a learning paper and provided recommendations and guidance to the fund’s multiple donors and those implementing the programme. The findings were far reaching and provide useful lessons and advice for all enterprise challenge funds.
IPE Triple Line conducted a gender audit and impact scan of the programmes and approaches used by the environmental and human rights NGO Global Witness. The review, and a diversity audit conducted a couple of months previously, reflected a growing appreciation of the need to address issues of gender equality within both the organisation and its programmes. This was prompted in part by donor requirements.
In conducting the audit, we examined Global Witness’s work in three main areas to assess whether issues relating to gender equality were relevant and visible, or invisible:
• Corruption including extractives (oil), money laundering and transparency for banks and companies (e.g. regarding ownership, financial flows etc.);
• Forests, land and climate change including palm oil supply chains, illegal logging and forest protection, ending industrial scale logging and tackling exports; and support to small scale forestry; and
• Conflict and fragile states, particularly the link to revenues and corruption associated with extractive industries including minerals such as gold, tantalum, oil and jade.
The review included a desk study and primary research. We provided advice and guidance on how Global Witness could mainstream gender and social inclusion issues into key aspects of their work: e.g., in their analysis of the situation or problem to be addressed; in the identification of policies that could eliminate or reduce practices that harmful to the planet and to people (men and women and the differences between them, based on gender); in advocacy and campaigning; in communications; and in monitoring, evaluation and learning.
"Maanda" builds on the work of Comic Relief in tackling poverty, focusing specifically on work that addresses violence against women, leadership and participation of women and girls, economic empowerment of women farmers, women and girls' uptake of high quality sexual and reproductive health services, and girls' access, retention and attainment in quality education. We designed the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for Comic Relief’s work that supports women's empowerment and we provided mentoring support and capacity strengthening for civil society projects working in different sectors including health, education, trade, enterprise and employment.
UN Women supported Bangladesh in implementing the country’s legislation and National Action plans for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW), as articulated by the UN General Assembly. IPE Global assisted the Government in conducting costing studies on implementing the Domestic Violence Act (DVA), 2010 in order to quantify the resources needed to deliver an integrated, multi-disciplinary package of services for women and girls subjected to domestic violence.
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