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2005 Comoros: Evaluation des Services d'Ecoute et de Prise en Charge des Enfants Victimes d'Abus de Ngazidja et d'Anjouan



Author: Saadi, Ismael

Executive summary

Background:
Two listening service centres for abused children were established in 2004 in Ngazidja and Anjouan in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Action and local organizations. Implementation strategies differed between the two services – in Anjouan, animators were hired while in Ngazidja, the implementing agency used its own staff.

Purpose/Objective:
This evaluation aimed to: identify contextual factors that contributed to best practices; assess stakeholder contributions; measure output, outcome and impact indicators; assess community perceptions; measure cost-effectiveness; assess implementation progress; assess application of rights-based approach; identify constraints; and formulate recommendations to improve performance.

Methodology:
Review of project agreements and reports; meetings with implementation partners; focus groups with principal stakeholders including project beneficiaries; and interviews with project staff.

Findings and Conclusions:
This project constitutes a preliminary response to problems of child abuse. Weaknesses in project implementation were noted due to funding mechanisms and implementing agency capacities. Community awareness of child abuse was increased. Government administrative support of the projects was weak.

Recommendations:
Improve the efficiency of these services through better supervision; organisation of a steering committee which holds monthly meetings; better administration of personnel management; improvements in reporting; undertaking IEC activities; and improvements in the quality of services. Sustainability can be improved through increased involvement of government.



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