R. Simpson, L. Mooney and E. Saint
In mid-2012, following prolonged mid-season dry spells that affected much of Southern Africa and especially Mozambique, Oxfam with partners conducted two multi-sectoral [WASH and emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods (EFS-VL)] assessments in Chigubo and Funhaloro.
A Real Time Evaluation was undertaken to capture lessons from the intervention to assist Oxfam in Mozambique undertake future EFS-VL work. Methods included interviews (with beneficiaries, partners and program staff) and field visits, followed by reflection workshops, which produced an action plan to inform future work.
Oxfam in Mozambique was well prepared for the response. The team utilised their contingency plan, which formed the base of the response strategy, and was updated accordingly. They successfully accessed resources from throughout the Oxfam Confederation (funding) and mobilised human resources from Head Office. The response was found to be timely, and was flexible and adaptive to a changing context. For example, the program was extended for an additional two months to factor in the delayed harvest period due to late rains.