Group 05 (Rashika,Tissa,Shanika,Aruna ) –Case study-03
1. What steps will you take to ensure better outcomes for the children in this community?
  • Since the donor has awarded the grant to 6 I/NGOs to conduct livelihood programs in the PK community, we will coordinate with the other 5 organizations, and reach an agreement with regards to the target groups and what are their program responses. Otherwise there will be replicating and overlapping .After that we will identify our target group (men/women/girls/boys).
  • First we have to identify what are the needs and issues affect to each categories. So we plan to do a baseline study. This will be the basis for the final impact assessment as well.
The baseline study will included teenage pregnancy/youth behaviors/market analysis/identifying existing partners and their capacities….etc
2. What specific approaches will you take to address the needs of the various groups?
Having flexible or accelerated learning programs for youth would be important to encourage wide participation. These programs will combine general life skills and practical skills. It is unreasonable to believe that given the existing conditions children will be able to give up work completely
  • For those who are already engaged in some form of income generating activities, e.g. piecework, we will provide skills training, help them develop market linkages, provide loans (through local MFIs), etc. They will also be introduced to the savings system from the beginning
  • In addition, we will explore opportunities to empower youth through the provision of leadership opportunities in social or leisure activities (e.g., soccer) . Providing opportunities for the emergence of positive role models amongst the youth population can play an important role in helping to change public perception in the community. Older youth can mentor younger children in the programs, who will then fill that role when they become old enough, thus increasing the dedication and sense of commitment to these programs within the community, while simultaneously instilling leadership skills. We will also carry out awareness-raising activities in the timber and mining sectors where children are employed to help minimize the risks associated with this type of work
  • Creating youth-friendly recreational facilities will provide a gathering space for young people where important information can be disseminated without stigma attached to it.
  • Mechanisms can also be put into place to facilitate conflict resolution between returnees and the local population. Utilizing a participatory approach from the youth and having them identify problems specifically affecting them
  • Provide referrals to legal services for beneficiaries 1). To obtain birth certificates and other legal documents specially since most of the returnees will not have or have lost them, enabling school drop outs to return to school, open accounts, property inheritance, etc, 2). To redress issues of GBV, discrimination, child domestic labour, under-age pregnancy, etc.
3. What actors will you work with to ensure success?
It is important to closely work with all local actors (governmental, NGOs, etc) and to work directly with the private sector for giving more employment opportunities. Involving of the youth themselves, particularly marginalized youth and community-based organizations will provide a stronger foundation to sustain the interventions.
4. How will you prove that your projects are working?
Feedback about the results from these comparisons or other surveys should be shared regularly with program planning organizations and community leaders to keep them informed and involved and to facilitate community support for such programs.
We would clearly define the indicators to assess and that would be the most valid measures of improvement. We will compare baseline data collected during assessment with data obtained once programs have been implemented to determine if the programs had any impact on indicators, such as reproductive health (e.g., reduced rates of STIs, teen pregnancy), GBV, etc.
Our program will have a comprehensive M&E plan based on Result-Based Management, which will help us evaluate the progress of the program activities on a regular basis. This allows us the flexibility to change the activities based on the evaluation of short term outputs, to achieve the expected outcomes and impacts. The outputs, outcomes and impacts will be measured against indicators identified in the program design. Since the focus is on better outcomes for children, indicators such as the ones below will be assessed:
Output Indicators
Outcome Indicators
Impacts Indicators
Increased school attendance
Better school performance (academic and non-academic)
Increased no of people with higher educational qualifications
Increased no of people with better awareness on child rights and protection
Better arrangements for children to be looked after in the absence of guardians
Better care and protection of children

Sri Lanka Group 5 Assignments