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End Line Evaluation of Strengthening Women's Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) 3rd Cycle

Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) is a social transfer-based poverty graduation project aimed towards rural ultra-poor women who are divorced, widowed, abandoned or left with disabled husbands. The main objectives of this project are to give financial support to disadvantaged women through savings building, livelihood training and employment. It also targets so that ‘economic growth is achieved in a more inclusive manner, with economic opportunities reaching rural poor women, and vulnerable groups are protected against shocks’.  SWAPNO project has successfully piloted public-private partnerships that improve the women’s skills and help place them in formal sector jobs; it also ran successful micro plots that used mobile money for promoting financial inclusion and improving efficiency in the government-to-person platform. Indeed, SWAPNO’s strategy has been strengthened to support women’s access to decent employment, ensure a discrimination-free environment in public workplaces, develop adaptive livelihoods and access to financial services for sustainable graduation from extreme poverty, and develop local government capacity to implement pro-poor projects. Therefore, it is essential to measure the effectiveness of such a project so that it can scale up and also set some lessons for future models. 

Objectives(s) of the study: The overall objective of the study is to assess the impact of the SWAPNO project on beneficiaries’ well-being, including income, expenditure and asset accumulation through rigorous methods of project evaluation. The other likely effects of the project on employment, health status, nutrition, food security, education, and empowerment are also indicated by comparing the treatment and control groups. The evaluation will assess the overall success of SWAPNO as a graduation model and the lessons that SWAPNO could draw to design such program in the future.

The specific objectives of the evaluation are:

1) To measure to what extent SWAPNO has contributed to solve the needs and problems identified in the design phase

2) To measure the programme’s degree of implementation against target and assess the efficiency and quality of delivery

3) To measure to what extent the programme has attained the results originally foreseen in the project document, M&E frameworks, etc

4) To measure the impact of the programme on the achievement of the SDGs;

5) To identify lessons learnt and good practices on the specific topics of the thematic areas and crosscutting issues: gender, sustainability, and public private partnerships.

Methodology:  The study will employ mixed methodologies utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data. Data will be generated using In-person Survey, Focus Group Discussion (FGD), Key Informant Interviews (KII). Several success stories will also be documented to observe the insightful of the SAWPNO project.

Study Team: Dr. Abdur Razzaque Sarker (Study Director), Dr. Binayak Sen, Tanveer Mahmood, 

Time period: October, 2021 – February, 2022.

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