Ipelegeng Evaluation Listed On Best 48
Botswana, Gaborone, 21 August 2013 Ipelegeng is a government programme that provides employment opportunities for able bodied low-skilled workers in both rural and urban communities - especially for women, orphans and remote area dwellers. Since 2009, the Government of Botswana has engaged 18 years and above citizens of Botswana in labour-based initiatives and maintenance of government facilities. Ipelegeng seeks to promote people-centered development i.e. the promotion of citizen participation in a decentralized and needs oriented programme planning and decision-making.
The Ipelegeng programme has boosted formal employment in the country as the government tries to alleviate poverty. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) employment figures, from April to September 2012, Ipelegeng has engaged a cumulative total of 289,595 beneficiaries (of whom 212079 were females and 77516 males). Ipelegeng’s monthly target was increased from 50,000 to 55,000 beneficiaries in 2012.
In 2011, the Government of Botswana and UNICEF initiated a process that sought to evaluate Ipelegeng. The stated objectives of the evaluation were: to make recommendations on measures that will ensure viability and sustainability of the programme; to outline the effectiveness and efficiency, relevance success and draw backs of the programme; and to make recommendations on the way forward for Ipelegeng within the context of broader social development framework and make recommendations on cost effective enhancement.
The evaluation function seeks to strategically contribute to UNICEF's performance by providing good-quality evidence for decision making and policy advocacy, as well as accountability purposes. The Ipelegeng evaluation was completed in 2012 and presented to government for review and referenced in 2013 state of the nation address. In his address, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama highlighted key recommendations from the study which include; linking the programme with other poverty eradication initiatives, introducing flexible working hours to enable beneficiaries to utilise other forms of assistance and improving the procurement of materials for Ipelegeng projects. Furthermore, Ipelegeng evaluation was listed as one of the 48 best evaluations supported by UNICEF in 2012 as assessed by the Evaluation office. Read more…