After action review report of the government of Viet Nam and UNICEF emergency response
Supporting children and women in 10 provinces in Viet Nam affected by drought and salt water intrusion crisis
Following completion of the 2016-2017 Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Government of Japan-funded response to the drought and salt water intrusion emergency in Viet Nam, an independent After Action Review was conducted to generate and consolidate learning to inform national policy on natural disaster preparedness and response as well as strategic decision-making in Viet Nam, with a strong focus on child-centred disaster risk reduction (DRR).
After a desk review of key documents generated by the project, including donor proposals and situation, monitoring trip and workshop reports, seven benchmarks were established by the review team:
- timeliness of the response,
- relevance and appropriateness of the response’s approach and activities,
- effectiveness and quality of response methodology,
- targeting and coverage,
- efficiency of government and UNICEF/delivery of a cost-effective response,
- effectiveness of coordination structure and
- sustainability and longer-term implications, linkages and connectedness.
The review team conducted an extensive stakeholder mapping exercise and identified 73 national, provincial and communal level participants to participate in semi-structured interviews (33 women and 40 men) in April 2017. In accordance with the United Nations Evaluation Group’s ethical guidelines for evaluation, men, women and children in selected villages during participatory discussions and home visits in Thuan Hoa commune (Hau Giang province), Son Lang commune (Gia Lai province) and Phuoc Binh commune (Ninh Thuan province), were also invited to reflect on their participation in the response. The provinces were selected based on criteria, including where several sectoral interventions were implemented in the same location, high-performing provinces as well as those that have experienced challenges and not been previously visited by monitoring teams. The review team is currently analysing results and preparing a report detailing key findings and recommendations that will be available in late May 2017.