This evaluation is of a three-year project to build the capacity of organisations to monitor human rights abuses against minority communities and to lobby for minority rights in Sri Lanka. The programme took place during a period of transition as well as a period of threats to and harassment of human rights defenders in Sri Lanka. The evaluation found that elements of the project that were strong included the capacity building support for two local organisations, monitoring and reporting of abuses and international advocacy for example they mention that two partner organisations “… have benefitted vastly from working with an international rights-based organisation; exposure to international standards and norms (both programmatic content and general humanitarian standards), exposure to various administrative and accounting systems, exposure to various donor policies have equipped these organizations with improved skills to design, implement and manage similar programmes in the future. For example, the organizational skills gained during the programme have assisted Partner C in organizing a regional conference on minority women’s rights.”
In conclusion the evaluators stated “… the project has been relevant and has addressed the needs of the target communities. The delivery mechanism has been effective in delivering certain outputs while the evaluators can agree that the partners have efficiently implemented the project. Whilst it is true that some activities were not completed to the full extent planned and some planned results did not materialize, in the evaluators’ opinion considering the deteriorating security situation, this was not surprising (and may even have been inevitable and unavoidable). Beyond the strict assessment of the logframe, it seems to the evaluators that this project has been a very useful intervention and has been relevant and timely.
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